Huge Grant for Arrow Water System

Arrow Water Project gets Shot in the Arm, Receives Federal & Provincial grants

The final phase of a project to upgrade the Arrow Creek Water System in Erickson and Creston will be realized thanks to a large injection of federal and provincial grant funding.

The RDCK will receive $2,507,417 from the federal government and $1,654,895 from the Province under the New Build Canada Fund—Small Communities Fund. The announcement was made at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Victoria last week.

“Water was flowing when we heard the news but they were tears of joy,” said Tanya Wall, Director of Electoral Area B in the RDCK. “When you see everyone pull together and then receive a grant like this that will sustain our water systems for years to come, it makes all the hard work worth it.”

The final phase of this multi-year project will consist of replacing 3.9 km of the north Arrow Main Line, and constructing a second Erickson reservoir cell, a clear well adjacent to the Arrow Creek Water Treatment Plant and pressure reducing valve stations.

“The RDCK is extremely grateful to both the federal and provincial governments for this funding, which will ease the tax burden on our residents and ensure that they have a safe and reliable source of water well into the future,” said Stuart Horn, chief administrative officer for the RDCK.

Horn notes that the remaining 17% of the project’s cost (approximately $852,522) will need to be borne by the users of the Arrow Water system, which will likely mean that the RDCK will seek voter approval for long term borrowing through an alternative approval process. The RDCK will keep the public updated on that process.

In the meantime, Director Wall points to the grant funding as an example of what can happen when local governments work together for the betterment of their communities: “The RDCK and the Town of Creston have been partners in this process. I am so proud of everyone who has been involved in this project.”

The Arrow project began in 2007. In 2016 Phase 4 of the Arrow project also received a Build Canada grant which enabled the RDCK to replace 2.7 km of the south mainline and construct the new Erickson reservoir site works and one cell.

For more information:

Tanya Wall

Director, Area B

Regional District of Central Kootenay



Stuart Horn
Chief Administrative Officer
Regional District of Central Kootenay

Left to right: Director Tanya Wall, RDCK Area B; Hon. Minister Peter Fassbender, Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development; Director Ron Toyota, Town of Creston at the 2016 UBCM Convention.

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