Iqaluit moves ahead on $2.1M waterline extension project
Waterline will extend down Sivumugiaq Street; expected to help with business development there
The City of Iqaluit will go to tender soon as part of its plan to extend municipal water lines further into the North 40 area, which should help future business development in that section of the city, says capital planning director Sumon Ghosh.
The pipes, which end around the Aqsarniit hotel, will be extended to the current public works garage near the jail on Sivumugiaq Street, Ghosh said in an interview.
Colliers, a consulting firm hired by the city, estimates pipeline construction will cost $2.1 million.
The city will pay for the work by dipping into the $214 million it received from the federal government last year to develop a secondary municipal water source in April 2022.
Ghosh said $18 million of that pot of money is set aside for the city’s water distribution system.
“Before we were thinking that this [project] might not qualify under that funding, so we [would have had] to find our own source of funding,” he said. “Now that they have given us a green light, we will go ahead.”
At Tuesday’s city council meeting, deputy Mayor Kyle Sheppard expressed concern about taking money from the federal pot.
“I am concerned if this type of thing continues, where we start nickel-and-diming, taking portions of our federal funding that’s allocated to our long-term water supply for other needs that are not directly related,” he said.
Sheppard asked city staff to try to avoid relying on the fund for expansion-related work of this sort in the future.
Ghosh says this project is going to help the city with its long-term planning.
At some point, the public works garage will be replaced by a new operations centre nearby, which will house the city’s engineering and public works departments.
Ghosh said extending the waterline to this building means the city will save money by not having to build firefighting water storage tanks, though he didn’t know the exact amount that would be saved.