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Upgrades for Richmond wastewater treatment plant get $250M from province

Upgrades for Richmond wastewater treatment plant get $250M from province

BURNABY, B.C. — The Government of British Columbia is contributing $250 million to Metro Vancouver for wastewater treatment facility upgrades in Richmond.

The figure amounts to one third of the cost for the first phase of the Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant project, states a news release.

The facility will receive upgrades to its wastewater capacity and quality for more than 750,000 residents, improvements to seismic resiliency and protect residents’ health and the Fraser River ecosystem.

The first phase of the work is already underway and expected to finish in 2026. Additional updates will follow to address treatment regulations.

“B.C.’s population is growing at an unprecedented rate and with that growth comes increasing demands on our infrastructure and environment. Municipalities need help building climate-resilient infrastructure that provides people with the services they need while protecting nature,” said Premier David Eby in the release.

“That’s why we’re investing $250 million in upgrading Richmond’s Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant to ensure our communities and our coastal waters remain healthy.”

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