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The City’s Public Works services are at the core of what we do. Services such as water, sewer, roads, garbage and recycling directly impact the lives of residents daily. We count on these vital services to be there. I’m proud to say that Richmond’s Public Works services are second to none.
As an island community surrounded by water, our dikes and drainage network is one of the most critical Public Works services provided by the City. Richmond already has the most comprehensive dikes and drainage system in the province. But with climate change causing rising sea levels and an increase in extreme weather events, we must continually work to further fortify our flood protection.
Richmond invests more than $11 million annually in improvements to our dikes and drainage efforts. We are in the process of completing an updated flood protection strategy and are finalizing our Dike Master Plan. These plans will ensure Richmond remains protected for generations to come.
Our leadership in this area has been recognized by our senior governments, who have repeatedly partnered with Richmond to support our efforts. On April 24, the federal government announced it is providing an additional $13.7 million in funding to support further improvements in flood protection by the City.
Other areas where Richmond is a recognized leader are our garbage and recycling programs. Through our aggressive commitment to recycling, we have achieved a 78 per cent diversion of waste from landfills.
To help achieve our goal of 80 per cent waste diversion by 2020, this year the Richmond Recycling Depot began accepting electronics, upholstered furniture, propane tanks and butane cylinders.
We also extended operating hours to open six days a week, Tuesday to Sunday. Our Large Item Pick Up program was also expanded. We are currently considering further measures to reduce the amount of plastic waste going into our environment.
You can learn much more about our various community services at the annual Engineering and Public Works Open House on Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City Operations Yard, 5599 Lynas Lane. It’s a fun-filled day with interactive activities the whole family can enjoy, while learning about our services. For details check out the City’s website.