Sunnybrae Water System Receives Funding

Friday, February 12, 2016

Project made possible thanks to Federal Gas Tax Funds

Salmon Arm, British Columbia – Residents of the Sunnybrae area will soon see an end to the long standing boil water advisory.  The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) will receive $1.7 million from the Gas Tax General Strategic Priorities fund to acquire and upgrade the Sunnybrae Water System. 

The Sunnybrae Water System consists of 79 properties and is located approximately 20km west of Salmon Arm in the community of Tappen. This water system was abandoned by its owner in 2010, which resulted in the community being left to deal with a long term boil water notice, failing infrastructure and inadequate fire flows in prolonged fire incidents. The upgrade will consist of a new deep water intake, a new treatment plant and pump building, an ultraviolet disinfection system, chlorination system, new pumps, emergency power and remote monitoring system.  This upgrade will be funded 100% up to $1.7 million dollars through the General Strategic Priorities Fund.



 “Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada is allowing communities in BC, and all across Canada, to make informed decisions about their infrastructure investments and how best to spend federal dollars. Community officials are best positioned to identify their specific needs, and the federal Gas Tax fund supports them in making those strategic investments. These 57 projects will contribute to building the strong, inclusive and sustainable communities Canadians desire to live in.”

Honourable Amarjeet Sohi
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities


“These funds will help support the construction of infrastructure improvements that will provide a better standard of living for residents in communities all across B.C. I’m pleased to say that local governments throughout the province are receiving more than $69 million in funding for 27 capital projects through the Federal Ga s Tax Fund, which is administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and provided by the Government of Canada.”

Honourable Peter Fassbender
Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development


“The federal Gas Tax Fund is helping local governments accelerate their capital investment plans. These investments will support improved levels of service for facilities in communities throughout BC. The 189 local governments that we represent appreciate the ongoing commitment of the Government of Canada to improving local infrastructure. We are also pleased with the valued support provided by the Province of British Columbia to deliver this program.”

Al Richmond, President
Union of BC Municipalities


“The CSRD is excited and appreciative of the opportunity to acquire and upgrade the Sunnybrae Water System. The $1.7 million in federal funding is a great boost for the residents of Sunnybrae and will help the community achieve safe and reliable drinking water.”

Rhona Martin, Chair
Columbia Shuswap Regional District


“The announcement of funding to upgrade the Sunnybrae Water System is great news for the residents of Sunnybrae and for the CSRD.  We are most appreciative of the Federal and the Provincial Government’s  100% funding for the project upgrade”.

Paul Demenok, Area C Director
Columbia Shuswap Regional District


Additional Information

Further information will be available at the February 18, 2016 Board meeting.  The information outlines the steps necessary for the CSRD to acquire the Sunnybrae Water System and to begin the upgrade project.

Contact:   T. Langlois, Utilities Team Leader
Operations Management, Columbia Shuswap Regional District
Telephone:  250-833-5941


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