Village of Clinton's Water System to Receive Major Upgrade

Government of Canada funding will improve water quality

Clinton, British Columbia, January 25, 2013 – The Village of Clinton will see major improvements to its water system thanks to $2.45 million provided through the federal Gas Tax Fund.

"Investing in clean drinking water is an investment in the health and safety of local residents," said Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops–Thompson–Cariboo. "Our Government is proud to help eliminate boil water advisories in Clinton and promote long-term economic growth in the community."

The project will ensure the delivery of safe drinking water and will help to eliminate boil water advisories in the community. It will also ensure the Village has adequate reservoir capacity in case of a major fire.

"This project will enable the Village of Clinton to upgrade and meet compliance with the Interior Health Authority's guidelines on potable water for our drinking water system," said Mayor Jim Rivett. "It is a great example of the 3 levels of government co-operating to renew local infrastructure."

"The Gas Tax fund is helping to upgrade and build new, sustainable infrastructure in communities throughout this province," said Bill Bennett, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. "This grant for improvements to Clinton's water system is great news and a vital part of ensuring the health and well-being of British Columbians living there."

Canada's Economic Action Plan promotes new opportunities for growth, job creation and long-term prosperity. Strengthening infrastructure across the country is an important part of this plan. Thanks to the Government of Canada's leadership and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with more than 922,000 net new jobs created since July 2009.

Between 2007 and 2014, British Columbia will receive more than $1.48 billion from the Gas Tax Fund to improve local infrastructure. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC, in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.

"This project is a good example of how upgrades to local infrastructure improve community health and safety," said UBCM President Mary Sjostrom. "UBCM is very appreciative of the support the Gas Tax Fund provides to BC communities to improve core services."

For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit Infrastructure Canada's web site.

For further information about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit Canada's Economic Action Plan web site.

For more information:

Genevieve Sicard
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
613-991-0700

Tom Dall
Chief Administrative Officer
Village of Clinton
250-459-2261

Jeff Rud
Communications Director
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
250-953-3677

Paul Taylor
Relationships and Communications Advisor
UBCM
250-356-2938

Infrastructure Canada
613-948-1148
Or toll-free: 1-877-250-7154