PORT HOOD: Inverness Municipal Council passed two resolutions last Thursday that will assist in securing provincial funding for wellfield exploration in the communities of Inverness and Judique while providing a structural assessment of the Judique dam.

The municipality is applying to the Provincial Capital Assistance Program (PCAP) for the wellfield exploration.

“The municipality has identified a need for improved municipal water supplies and requires wellfield exploration programs in the communities of Inverness and Judique,” the resolution read. “The goal is to replace and/or supplement the existing source water supplies and mitigate water security issues. Developing a ground water supply will simplify operational requirements, reduce annual costs, enhance access to potable water and ensure continued capacity for population and commercial growth.”

For Inverness’ wellfield exploration, the total project cost is $515,000 and the county is eligible to receive $365,000 through CPAC funding.

In terms of exploration in Judique, the total project costs is $465,000, and $365,000 can be provided by CPAC.

For the structural assessment of the Judique dam, the municipality is applying to the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program (FRIIP).

“It is a priority to have completed a detailed structural assessment of the dam in Judique,” the resolution read. “This Judique Dam is in Rory’s Brook, upstream from the community of Judique. According to the Infrastructure Assessment recently completed by Dillon Consulting on behalf of the Municipality of the County of Inverness, the dam is in poor condition and a full assessment is needed to see what is required to ensure that the infrastructure remains in place.

“If this dam were to fail, the flooding would have a devastating impact on homes, businesses and the surrounding environment, and therefore, the dam is considered an integral piece of municipal infrastructure. To prevent damage, underperformance of infrastructure and future failure, resulting in threats to public and private assets, and subsequent economic losses, a complete detailed structural assessment of the Judique Dam will be completed in the summer of 2019.”

A detailed structural assessment of the Judique Dam would cost $59,965. The funding from FRIIP is sufficient to cover that amount.