CALGARY, ALTA. — Alberta officials have announced eight new water infrastructure projects for seven Alberta communities.
These projects include upgrading or creating new water/wastewater treatment systems, storm water management systems and flood barriers.
The $107 million in funding for the projects will come from Ottawa, the province, municipalities and community organizations through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
In Calgary, the downtown flood barrier project brings a new barrier to the south bank of the Bow River to reinforce flood control efforts. The barrier will be linked to the West Eau Claire and Centre Street Bridge lower deck flood barriers to create one long barrier along the Bow River. Crews will also build a storm water trunk in the upper plateau to direct storm water runoff directly into the Bow River and mitigate the risk and severity of storm water flooding.
“The funding announced is a major step to fully protecting downtown Calgary businesses and residences from another devastating flood,” said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi in a statement. “Completing the downtown flood barrier will create 100 needed jobs, but it will also create peace of mind for so many Calgarians who worry every spring about what could happen. The resilience we’re building together in projects like these will protect our economy, our people, and our way of life.”
Projects also include two new drinking water wells for the Siksika Nation. The wells will help provide a stable source of feed water for the Arthur A. Youngman treatment facility.