Completion of Crofton Alternate Water Supply Project Celebrated

(North Cowichan, BC) – Today, officials celebrated the completion and official opening of the Crofton Alternate Water Supply Project, which was funded through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, with the Government of Canada contributing $1.56 million, the Province contributing $1.03 million, and North Cowichan contributing $528,230. This $3.12 million project included construction of roughly 3.2 kilometres of watermain and a new water booster pump station that connects the Crofton water supply to North Cowichan’s South End water system, as well as installation of fire hydrants along Osborne Bay Road.

Public water supply has been an issue in the community of Crofton for decades. Currently, Crofton’s main water source is the Catalyst Crofton Mill and the community’s back-up water supply is the Crofton Lake reservoir. This project enables use of the South End water system for the community’s back-up water supply, and ends back-up reliance on the poorer-quality Crofton Lake reservoir. It also lets Crofton’s water be supplied from the South End system in the future, should there be a need to transition away from water supplied by the Mill.

“This project not only provides Crofton with a superior back-up water source, it also provides fire protection for the area along Osborne Bay Road, which didn’t previously have fire hydrants,” said Al Siebring, Mayor of North Cowichan. “This is so important for homeowners along this stretch as our summers are getting hotter and drier and the risk of forest fires is an increased reality.”

“It’s great to see this project to improve water services for residents of Crofton reach completion,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “These vital upgrades have helped ensure the community has the modern infrastructure it needs to ensure a reliable supply of high-quality water is available to residents for years to come. Our government is proud to support projects like this, which safeguard public health and safety while laying the groundwork for economic prosperity and sustainable growth.”

“Today we celebrate the official opening of the Crofton Alternate Water Supply Project. This project is vital to ensuring a safe, good quality water source for the community and would not have been possible without collaboration between all three levels of government,” said Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan. “I am incredibly proud to be part of a government who is working hard to improve the services that people in our community depend on.”

The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) targets projects that will contribute to the rehabilitation of both water treatment and distribution infrastructure and existing wastewater and storm water treatment systems; collection and conveyance infrastructure; and initiatives that improve asset management, system optimization, and planning for future upgrades to water and wastewater systems. This Fund is improving the safety and quality of water for Canadian families, while supporting a clean economy.

Mayor Siebring and MLA Routley with Municipal Engineering and Utilities Staff

New water booster pump station on Osborne Bay Road

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For more information, please contact:
Al Siebring
Municipality of North Cowichan
T 250.710.3416