On July 4, 2017 at the water reservoir tower located past Four Seasons Park, District of Houston council and contractors broke ground for the $2.36 million project.
“The project is funded through the New Building Canada Fund, with the Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia each contributing up to $780,000, and the District of Houston covering any remaining costs,” stated the media release.
The original water reservoir was originally constructed in 1970 and the new water reservoir is scheduled to be complete by December 2017.
“Having access to safe and reliable drinking water is essential to developing healthy and sustainable communities,” said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “The Government of Canada is pleased to provide support to the District of Houston to address their water quality issues so that families can safely and confidently drink, bath, and cook, and the community can grow and prosper.”
The design features of the new water reservoir, which will replace the District of Houston current water tower and continue to provide residents with a supply of clean drinking water, is a fiberglass structure encased in a concrete frame and foundation.
“It will include the construction of an approximately two kilometer transmission line from the new structure,” stated the media release.
“The district is grateful for the funding provided through the New Building Canada Fund for this much needed update to our community’s water system,” said mayor of Houston, Shane Brienen. “The funding provided by the Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia will help us to ensure that clean water is available for home usage and fire protection for generations to come.”
TRUE consulting will oversee the construction of the water reservoir, STT Enviro Corp is supplying the water reservoir container, and Canadian Western Mechanical is the general contractor that will be building the water reservoir and the two kilometer transmission line.