Government of Canada and FCM support the sustainability of Victoriaville’s water supply source (30/07/2015)
The feasibility study aimed to ensure the long-term quantity and quality of one of Victoriaville’s sources of drinking water: the Beaudet Reservoir and its watershed.
Victoriaville, QC — The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Raymond Louie, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and Acting Mayor of the City of Vancouver, BC, today announced a Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grant for the City of Victoriaville. The $350,000 grant has enabled the City of Victoriaville to conduct a feasibility study to ensure the long-term quantity and quality of one of the City's sources of drinking water: the Beaudet Reservoir and its watershed.
"Our Government is helping municipalities across the country to achieve their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for their citizens through the Green Municipal Fund," said Minister Rickford. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with the FCM — is helping communities like the City of Victoriaville build a greener future for our citizens."
In order to ensure the sustainability of its raw water supply and to maintain the quality of the drinking water, it was necessary to conduct a feasibility study on the restoration of the Beaudet Reservoir and its watershed. For Victoriaville, this study will make it possible to protect the Hamel Water Treatment Plant's water supply and to reduce the inflow of sediments and contaminants from the watershed's municipal, forestry and agricultural sectors.
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically addresses the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Louie. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund support the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
The thoroughness of this study will be of interest to other Canadian municipalities, which will be able to use the approach taken by Victoriaville as well as the solutions brought forward. This is an important contribution that FCM, via the Green Municipal Fund, will be able to share with all Canadian cities facing similar challenges.
"Victoriaville is proud to offer some of the best drinking water in Québec. Having earned the highest rating of 5 stars, awarded every year since 2010 by the American Water Works Association and Réseau Environnement, it is now up to the City to invest in order to consolidate this invaluable resource. Conducting this feasibility study fits in with our vision of providing water of superior quality to the residents of Victoriaville," stated Alain Rayes, Mayor of Victoriaville.
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.