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Water Treatment Funding Approved

The City of Merritt receives federal Gas Tax Fund contribution for Water Treatment Upgrades.

Merritt —February 12, 2016— The City of Merritt has received approval of Federal Gas Tax Funding for the Water Treatment Upgrades through the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF). This project will be covering 100% of the actual eligible costs.

The funds provided will be used to install UV light reactors on existing wells that supply the community with drinking water.  This upgrade will provide another level of security for our water system that our residents depend on. The City has been working towards acquiring this funding for several years, and with a letter of support provided from Interior Health Authority, Merritt residents will now benefit from increased water treatment. This is the first funding the City has received towards water treatment initiatives.

The next step for the project will be to undertake detailed design, with project tendering anticipated in the fall.

Quick Facts

• The Water Treatment Upgrades Project is receiving $2,280,000.00 from the federal Gas Tax Fund.
• This project is one of the 57 projects that are being funded through the Strategic Priorities Fund under the Federal Gas Tax Fund for 2016. 
• 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.
• Each year, the Government of Canada provides over $253 million in indexed funding for local government infrastructure projects across British Columbia through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The funding can be spent on any eligible project the community prioritizes across a broad range of eligible project categories, or it can be pooled with other communities for regional projects, banked for later priorities or used to pay for financed projects.


“Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada is allowing communities in BC, and all across Canada, to make informed decisions about their infrastructure investments and how best to spend federal dollars. Community officials are best positioned to identify their specific needs, and the federal Gas Tax fund supports them in making those strategic investments. These 57 projects will contribute to building the strong, inclusive and sustainable communities Canadians desire to live in.”

- Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“These funds will help support the construction of infrastructure improvements that will provide a better standard of living for residents in communities all across B.C. I’m pleased to say that local governments throughout the province are receiving more than $69 million in funding for 27 capital projects through the Federal Ga s Tax Fund, which is administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and provided by the Government of Canada.”

- Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

“We are grateful to hear of this good news.  This project will ensure a higher level of security for our community water supply.  We have worked with Interior Health Authority for quite some time on this and now that funding is in place, the project is able to proceed.  Thank you on behalf of the citizens of Merritt.”

- Mayor Neil Menard, City of Merritt

“The federal Gas Tax Fund is helping local governments accelerate their capital investment plans. These investments will support improved levels of service for facilities in communities throughout BC. The 189 local governments that we represent appreciate the ongoing commitment of the Government of Canada to improving local infrastructure. We are also pleased with the valued support provided by the Province of British Columbia to deliver this program.”

- Al Richmond, President, Union of BC Municipalities

Associated Links

To learn more about the federal Gas Tax Fund visit:

To learn more about other projects recently announced under the Strategic Priorities Fund visit:

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For More Information Contact:
Shawn Boven, Chief Administrative Officer
City Hall: (250) 378-4224

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