$10M North Thompson water intake project moves ahead

By Chad Klassen
October 18, 2016 - 6:04pm
File Photo - South Thompson River water intake
File Photo - South Thompson River water intake Image Credit: CFJC Today

KAMLOOPS — A secondary water intake project that was announced in the summer of 2015 will be built by the end of next year, and on Tuesday, City Council approved Acres Enterprises as the company that will build the intake system along the North Thompson.

Council voted 6-2 on Tuesday afternoon in favour of awarding the $8.2 million contract to the Kamloops company. The new plant will be an alternate source of clean water should contamination occur in the South Thompson River and compromise the city's main intake.

With engineering and construction costs, plus a nearly $800,000 contingency fund, the project will come in at close to $9.6 million. The only two councillors to vote against the project were Denis Walsh and Donovan Cavers, who argued the $6 million federal grant would be spent more wisely on protecting the watershed.

Cavers said on Tuesday he would "eat my shorts" if there's ever an emergency.

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