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A new bulk water station will be established in Golden this fall to provide residents outside the town’s water distribution system with a safe, alternative supply of potable water.

The facility will be funded and installed as part of the Province’s Highway 1 Kicking Horse Canyon Project (Phase 4), and will be owned and operated by the Town of Golden.

The metered fee-for-service bulk water station, to be located at the Town of Golden Works Yard on 11th Avenue North, will make bulk supplies of potable water available to people who live in the Golden and Area “A” community on a permanent basis.

It will provide a treated replacement source of potable water for the duration of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project construction free of charge for families and individuals currently drawing untreated water from Dart Creek. Located within the construction zone, the current Dart Creek source will be inaccessible after construction begins in fall 2020 until it is restored when the highway project is completed in 2023-24.

Golden council approved the establishment of the bulk water station at its meeting on June 2, 2020, following several months of discussion with the Kicking Horse Canyon project team and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.

The Kicking Horse Canyon Project is one of the Province’s top transportation priorities, with a budget of $601 million ($386 million from the provincial government and $215 million from the federal government). Phase 4 will realign and widen the final 4.8 kilometres through the canyon to four lanes, installing median barrier and snow avalanche and rock fall hazard protection to improve safety, capacity and reliability.

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