Canadian Design and Construction Report staff writer
The Governments of Canada and Yukon announced more than $16 million for planning and construction of water, sewer and road upgrades in Watson Lake.
Work will replace more than 1,200 metres of sanitary line and 1,500 metres of water mains with upgraded materials. Crews will also repair more than 14 kilometres of road repairs across the town. Once complete, residents will have improved access to safe drinking water, increased sewage capacity, and more reliable roads, creating a safer, healthier and more sustainable community.
“Modern infrastructure ensures the strength and sustainability of communities across the country,” Yukon MP Dr. Brendan Hanley said in a statement. “Today’s announcement is more than water, sewer and road upgrades, it is an essential investment in the prosperity, health and safety of residents in Watson Lake.
“We are committed to ensuring all Canadians, including those who live in rural and remote areas, can depend on their infrastructure,”
The Government of Canada is providing $12.7 million from the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
“Water services, sewers and road improvements are a priority for the Town of Watson Lake and these assets help service the health and well-being of a community,” said Deputy Premier Jeanie McLean. “Our government is proud to support this project by contributing over four million dollars to planning and construction. It was great being in Watson Lake to help celebrate the announcement.”
There are at least five more phases of critical work planned in Watson Lake and town Mayor Christopher Irvin says “we eagerly anticipate further collaboration and investment to enhance the infrastructure in our beloved Watson Lake. We hope to see more of this meaningful progress going forward, building a stronger and more sustainable community for all.”