The footage will be used to assess needed upgrades to Lower Iqaluit’s wastewater infrastructure
Tower Arctic Ltd. will clean Lower Iqaluit’s sewer lines and inspect them using surveillance cameras after the City Council voted to award the contract Tuesday night.
The footage will be used to assess necessary repairs to the area’s wastewater infrastructure.
At council’s request, council voted unanimously to follow staff’s recommendation and select Tower Arctic over the only competing bidder, Nunavut Excavating. Paul Quassa.
Tower’s bid fell below the $250,000 bid, which was increased on August 7.
However, funding will not come from the city as it does not have a budget for this project. It will come from the federal government’s program to prepare for climate change in the north.
According to Tamilore Adeleke, the city’s acting director of engineering and capital projects, the camera inspection work will help the city plan to repair any breaches, leaks or damage found.
“It will give us the information we need to make an informed decision,” Adeleke said.
Mayor Solomon Awa asked if this contract only covers the assessment or also includes the repairs.
Adeleke said it will only cover assessment, but the city is in the final stages of signing and reviewing a financing agreement with the federal government to receive money to repair sewerage infrastructure.
She said the federal government had verbally agreed to put out a tender for the repair work.
“I would say there is a 100 percent chance that we will get this funding,” Adeleke said.
The city is focusing on Lower Iqaluit because it is an older part of the city and recent sewer upgrades have not occurred in this area.
The city has spoken to the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada about funds for wastewater infrastructure.
Since wastewater infrastructure is closely linked to water infrastructure, it makes sense to address both issues at the same time rather than having to go back and dig twice, Adeleke said.
According to the city, work is expected to begin in September and last until December.