Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

News Release: NRRM Upgrades Wastewater Treatment with Gas Tax Funding



March 14, 2018





Northern Rockies Upgrades Wastewater Treatment Systems

with Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Funding


The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality has received $2.9 million in grant funding from the Gas Tax Fund to upgrade its wastewater treatment system.  The Gas Tax Fund was introduced by the federal government in 2005 as a source of infrastructure funding support for municipalities to keep public infrastructure in good working order, and replace these assets as they reach the end of their lifespan or become obsolete.  The Government of Canada, along with the Government of British Columbia and Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) recently announced funding from the federal Gas Tax Fund totaling $193 million for approved projects from the most recent program intake.


The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is able to undertake another high priority project detailed in their award-winning Asset Management Plan, with the help of this Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Funding. The $2.9 million Wastewater Treatment Plant Aeration System Renewal Project will facilitate compliance with Environment Canada’s new Wastewater System Effluent Regulation (WSER), increase efficiency and replace aged infrastructure.


The Aeration System Renewal includes the construction of a new blower pad and structure to house new blower units, new air header and lateral piping, the replacement of lagoon diffusers, electrical modifications and desludging of the aeration cells. One of the existing settling cells will be converted to become a third aeration cell, increasing efficiency and capacity.


Mayor Bill Streeper commented that, “the Wastewater Treatment System is critical infrastructure and it’s important to improve our processes in line with regulations to protect the environment for our children. I’m confident that the aeration project funded by this grant will demonstrate some creative and effective ways to address wastewater treatment in a northern climate.” 


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Information Contact:

Northern Rockies Regional Municipality Public Works Department

Phone: (250) 774-2541




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