The Alberta government has announced eight new water infrastructure projects for seven Alberta communities. The projects include upgrading or creating new water/wastewater treatment systems, storm water management systems and flood barriers.
The $107 million in funding for the projects will come from Ottawa, the province, municipalities and community organizations through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
“The funding announced is a major step to fully protecting downtown Calgary businesses and residences from another devastating flood,” said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi in a statement. “Completing the downtown flood barrier will create 100 needed jobs, but it will also create peace of mind for so many Calgarians who worry every spring about what could happen. The resilience we’re building together in projects like these will protect our economy, our people, and our way of life.”
Projects also include two new drinking water wells for the Siksika Nation. The wells will help provide a stable source of feed water for the Arthur A. Youngman treatment facility.