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Two Mile Water Gas Tax Funding Announcement

News Release
For Immediate Release


Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine receives $4.787 million for Lower Two Mile Community Water
Project made possible thanks to federal Gas Tax Fund


March 9, 2018 Hazelton, BC


The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine has secured $4.787 million to provide the Lower Two Mile Community with a safe and affordable municipal water service.
The Lower Two Mile Water System will serve approximately 210 residents and will significantly improve public health, fire protection standards and help to strengthen the Hazleton Area in general.
Up to $4.787 million will be received from the Federal Gas Tax Fund to offset the estimated $4.9 total project cost. The balance of the project costs will be funded by the benefitting service area residents.
Each year, the Government of Canada provides over $278 million in funding for local government infrastructure across British Columbia through the Federal Gas Tax Fund. The Union of BC Municipalities administers the Federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
"Community infrastructure is the cornerstone of our quality of life in rural areas, hand-in-hand with clean air, water and land," said Doug Donaldson, MLA for Stikine and B.C. Minister of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “I want to congratulate the regional district and the hundreds of people who will benefit from this investment. It’s through partnerships with all levels of government that this was made possible.”
Director Wendy Booth, President, Union of BC Municipalities, recognized that “Communities across BC are looking for funding to replace, upgrade and expand local infrastructure. The federal Gas Tax Fund is accelerating the pace of infrastructure renewal through the transfer of close to $3 billion since 2005 for projects in our province. I appreciate the Government of Canada’s long term commitment to fund priorities identified by BC local governments.”
Regional District Board Chair Phillip Germuth was very pleased with this news, “The Regional District has been exploring options to provide water service to the Two Mile community for many years and Federal Gas Tax funding will now make it possible to deliver safe and affordable community water to our Lower Two Mile residents. The Regional District Board appreciates the support of the Federal and Provincial governments, the UBCM and the Gas Tax Fund Management Committee to partner with the Regional District to strengthen our community with this important essential service.”
Electoral Area B Director Linda Pierre has remained hopeful that someday the community of Two Mile would receive the necessary financial support to secure municipal water service. “This is wonderful news for Two Mile residents and the Hazeltons in general. The Hazelton area is a beautiful place to live and raise families, when we can offer services that will improve the sustainability of our communities, everyone benefits. On behalf of the Two Mile Community, thank you.
Links
To see the full list of projects funded through the current intake of the Federal Gas Tax Fund, visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/16553
To learn more about the federal Gas Tax Fund visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html.
A Backgrounder on the Two Mile Community Water Service can be seen on the Regional District web site: www.rdks.bc.ca
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For additional information, please contact:
Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine Representatives
Phillip Germuth, Chair 250-632-1593; Email pgermuth@gmail.com Linda Pierre, Electoral Area B Director 250-842-2192; Email lpierre@rdks.bc.ca Roger Tooms, Manager Works and Services 250-615-6100; Email rtooms@rdks.bc.ca 1-800-663-3208

 

Backgrounder
Two Mile Community Water System Upgrades


The Regional District of Kitimat – Stikine will receive up to $4.78 million in funding to construct a water system to serve the Lower Two Mile community.
In 2012, the Regional District in consultation with the Two Mile Community Association and Regional District consultants, initiated a Two Mile Water and Sewer Servicing Study Update. Information was collected on the Gitanmaax Band and Village of Hazelton sewer and water systems; a feasibility study was carried out to expand the Gitanmaax / Hazelton Water Treatment Plant to provide water service to Two Mile; and, a groundwater supply study was conducted including investigation of potential sources, test well drilling, pumping tests, and water sampling for private domestic sources.
In March 2017, the RDKS identified the priority area for Two Mile Water and Sewer Services based on the results of the Study. The RDKS designated two (2) phases to provide water service to the Two Mile Community. Phase 1 is the Lower Two Mile area with small lots and Phase 2 which includes Upper Two Mile and lots along Highway 62. The current estimated cost to complete the Lower Two Mile Community Water System is $4,896,600.
Water Supply Source Options
The water source for the Two Mile water system was conceptualized by reviewing two options: connection to the Gitanmaax / Village of Hazelton water system, and the development of an independent system including a groundwater well, treatment facility and domestic reservoir.
The existing Gitanmaax / Village of Hazelton water system runs through the Phase 1 portion of the Two Mile community. The 2013 Feasibility Study for connection to the existing Gitanmaax / Village of Hazelton Water Treatment Facility confirmed the existing treatment plant does not have adequate capacity to meet the forecasted water demand for Lower Two Mile and an expansion of the treatment facility would be required.
The second option evaluated was an independent water supply for the Lower Two Mile community. A test well was constructed and test pumping has indicated that long term capacity of the well will meet initial domestic water demand estimates and is likely capable of producing even higher flow rates, although additional testing is needed to confirm.
A cost analysis was performed to further evaluate these water supply options. The option to connect to the existing Gitanmaax / Village of Hazelton water system was determined to be cost prohibitive due to the extensive upgrades needed at the existing treatment facility. The independent water supply option with a new groundwater well and treatment facility is the more cost-effective means to provide water service to Lower Two Mile.

Further review will be carried out in conjunction with the final design phase to confirm the details of the preferred water service components.
Water Treatment
The pre-engineered water treatment facility conceptualized for the Two Mile Water System is the most economical based on the low water demands and the good raw water quality of the groundwater source. Only minor treatment to meet Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines is expected.
Water Conservation Strategy
The Regional District will include a Water Conservation Strategy for the new service which is an integral part of long-term resource planning. Water is a finite resource and community water resource management is imperative to ensure that challenges, such as new and emerging contaminant problems, and the demand for water can best be addressed for current and future needs. The new water service will include household audits for leaks and identify any water fixtures that could be replaced with low flow fixtures under a retrofit program. Maintaining a lower water volume will assist with reducing the impact to onsite sewer systems and improve the protection of human health and the environment.
Next Steps
The Regional District will initiate preliminary discussions with the Two Mile Community Association to establish a Working Group to help guide further servicing review and community engagement. It will be important to work closely with the community throughout the project.
The Regional District appreciates the abundant support for the Two Mile Community Water System and in particular the formal support from the Gitksan Government Commission; the Village of Hazelton; the Agricultural Land Commission; the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure; and, the Northern Health Authority to help secure the required senior government funding to deliver this essential service to Lower Two Mile residents.
The Regional District also appreciates the support of the Federal and Provincial governments, the UBCM and the Gas Tax Fund Management Committee to partner with the Regional District to strengthen our community with this important essential service.
This Federal Gas Tax funding will now make it possible to deliver safe and affordable community water to our Lower Two Mile residents.

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