The condition of sanitary sewer pipes in Comox will be assessed thanks to a $50,000 grant from the federal government.
The town is one of 11 in the province getting funds from a $500,000 investment from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Economic Development Agency of Canada.
According to a release, the town will complete a condition assessment of the town’s 86,000 lineal metres of sanitary sewer pipes. They add knowing the condition of the pipelines will help them plan upgrades to the system over the next five to 10 years.
The funding is part of the $110 million Municipal Asset Management Program funded by the Canadian government.
Minister of International Development Harjit Sajjan says the funding will allow communities to use best practices for research and make evidence-based decisions.
Federation acting president Scott Pearce says local governments own around 60 per cent of the public infrastructure that supports the economy.
“That’s why it is so crucial to support them in building and maintaining strong asset management through initiatives like the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Municipal Asset Management Program,” said Pearce.
“It helps communities in British Columbia and across the country develop sound asset management practices and conduct data collection and analysis to improve their investment decisions.”