An aerial view of flooding in Pitt Meadows in 2005.

An aerial view of flooding in Pitt Meadows in 2005.

Pitt Polder to get $6.9 million water pump upgrade

Maple Ridge also getting boost from the federal and provincial governments for its downtown core.

  • Mar. 11, 2017 8:00 p.m.

Ashley Wadhwani / Black Press

The Pitt Polder pump station is getting an upgrade, following a federal funding announcement Saturday.

With a cost of $6.9 million, the pump station will be replaced with a new, more efficient system to mitigate flooding.

“The Pitt Polder pump station is an essential piece of infrastructure for our local agricultural industry. For years, I have advocated for this vital funding,” Pitt Meadows Mayor John Becker said. “This will help keep our fields arable and benefit farming families in our community.”

The cost for the pump is being split three ways, between the federal and provincial government and the city.

In 2014, former Mayor Deb Walters and staff submitted a grant application to the New Building Canada Plan to help with the $6-million cost of replacing the Pitt Polder pump station that was built in 1952.

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This application followed majour flooding that occurred in 2005.

Maple Ridge is also benefiting from the newly announced funding.

Phase 4 of the Maple Ridge Downtown Core road and utility rehabilitation project is being funded in a similar three-way fashion between the three levels of government, with total funding equating to about $3.4 million.

Both upgrades are part of a joint funding announcement between the federal and provincial government, totally $87 million for 26 infrastructure projects across B.C., according to a government press release.

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