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17th March 2017
By Nicholas Pescod - Nanaimo News Bulletin
Nanaimo posted Mar 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The District of Lantzville’s water pipeline will be constructed by a Nanaimo-based construction company.

Lantzville councillors voted 4-3 to award the construction contract for the water pipeline to Copcan Civil Ltd. on Monday night.

Copcan is now tasked with constructing roughly 980 metres of water pipeline from 7075 Lantzville Rd. to Schook Road, where it will physically connect to Nanaimo’s water system, but not result in water flowing into the district.

Copcan’s winning bid of $633,360 came with an estimated completion time of 90 days. In a report to council, staff recommended councillors select Copcan bid over three others because it was the cheapest price and had the fastest estimated time for completion. The report also states that Copcan is a “respected” company in the construction industry and has extensive experience with water infrastructure projects.

Coun. Denise Haime said the district is currently in the middle of an OCP review and water master plan and it makes more sense to wait and find out how much water Lantzville has before spending a significant amount of money.

“We haven’t heard back on the water master plan. We don’t know if any other areas want water. We don’t know what they are willing to pay for it. We don’t even know if we have enough water in our existing wells, which are being rehabilitated,” she said.

Coun. Bob Colclough said while he is very interested in finding out how much water Lantzville may have, the pipeline’s construction will provide the district with a badly needed backup supply of water in the event of an emergency.

“This is to put a pipe in the ground so that the existing residents and the future residents have a water supply in case of an emergency,” Colclough said. “This has been recommended by our consultants and by our staff.”

Lantzville councillors will have to decide when to officially trigger the $1.3 million water agreement.