The Mayor of Prince Rupert says many residents don’t know just how bad the condition of the city’s infrastructure really is.
Lee Brain says that’s the reason municipal government plans to release a series of Re:Build Rupert videos detailing how important the issue is and what the city is doing to fix the situation.
Brain says the first video examines council’s number one infrastructure priority: securing the water supply. The doc provides an overview of the state of the water system which is made up of a 100-year-old dam and supply line fed by two lakes across the harbour from Seal Cove.
The short film also examines the three-phased approach being used to fully replace the water supply infrastructure.
Prince Rupert has $4.4 million from the Federal and Provincial Governments for the project’s first phase, matched by $2.2 million from the city. The total cost of the waterworks project is estimated to be about $17 million and the municipal government is still looking for ways to fund the second and third phases.
The first phase will replace the 100-year-old section of the water supply line by moving it underground for safety, and building an access road to the dam. The second phase will be to replace the dam while the third phase will be to replace the submarine lines that carry the water supply from the mainland under the harbour in Seal Cove to Prince Rupert, on Kaien Island.
Phase one of the project is expected to start in the next 6 months.