Wheatland County launches clean water project
Clean water is a basic necessity of life. The potable water supply line project will launch the largest infrastructure project in recent history for residents of Hussar, Rockyford, Standard and Gleichen.
The Villages and Wheatland County had initially created the Wheatland Regional Water Partnership (WRWP) to investigate the options of developing a reliable and cost effective potable water supply to service these municipalities and the hamlets of Gleichen and Rosebud.
WRWP has elected to proceed with the establishment of the Wheatland Regional Corporation ( WRC) that is under review by Alberta Municipal Affairs to provide a municipal regional water system.
The Village of Rockyford proudly supports the WRC initiative. In the near future the WRC will be supplying potable water to communities and individuals on the eastern side of Wheatland County.
Village of Rockyford Mayorand the Chairman of the Corporation Darcy J. Burke said in a brief statement, “WRC is thrilled to announce the new regional facility and the potable water supply line to Gleichen, beginning with the detail design and construction in 2016, that will provide a water system consisting of the following components: raw water intake and two raw water reservoirs, raw water pump station, raw water pipeline, water treatment plant and potable water pump stations and potable water supply pipelines.”
Village of Hussar Mayor Tim Frank and a board member stated, “The Village of Hussar strongly supports WRC. Everything we can do to help our neighbors and fellow communities, we will do. Our hope is for good clean drinking water for everyone and our wish is to create something special that encourages growth, cooperation and opportunities for all.”
Village of Standard councillor and WRC board member, Martin Gauthier said, “The Village of Standard is excited to be working with our neighboring municipalities in our newly formed partnership, the WRC. We recognize the ben-
Starland County sees some positives in the Alberta Government’s solar power announcements last week.
On Friday, February 5, the government announced a $5 million investment, earmarked for the Municipal Climate change Action Centre for a solar power incentive program to support municipalities wishing to adopt the technology.
“We must take action at all levels in combating climate change – federally, provincially and locally. This investment will spur economic growth and help with the transition to cleaner sources of electricity, which will protect our health,” said Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks.
This program will provide a rebate of up to $0.75 per watt, up to $300,000 per project for municipalities to install solar on municipal buildings such as offices, firehalls and community cen- ters.
Starland County has been an early adopter of the technology and CAO Ross Rawlusyk sees some potential projects in the county that could benefit from this program.
These are two good announcements for solar development. The Alberta Municipal Solar Program will provide up to $0.75 / watt as a rebate, and this would effectively cover about a third of the total project cost,” said Rawlusyk. “Larger projects (greater than 150 kw) are eligible for a $0.45/watt rebate.”
“This program is geared towards municipal buildings and Starland County will certainly be applying for some projects like the Craigmyle Water Station or CLV Water Station.” The government also announced a program for agriculture producers to also take advantage of the technology.
“From the looks of the On-Farm component, the Growing Forward Solar Photovoltaics Program provides $0.45/watt to a maximum of 20% of the total project costs,” said Rawlusyk. “If you do an Energy Assessment, this can increase to $0.60 /watt. The maximum grant available is $50,000.”
Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry sees the benefits of the program.
“Agricultural producers embrace innovation and are good stewards of the land. The solar installation program will help increase farming efficiencies, reduce power bills and greenhouse gas emissions and add to Alberta’s power grid.”
For Rawlusyk, the program will support some of their existing projects.
“The great news for us is that this program is retroactive, going back to April 1, 2013, so our producers that have already installed systems can apply for the funding,” he explains.
The Alberta Municipal Solar Program opens for applications on March 1. The On-Farm Solar Management program’s application window opens on February 8.
“The overall cash available for these programs is limited, so we’ll be applying where we can very quickly,” said Rawlusyk.
Glenn Koester …Reeve of Wheatland County
Starland sees the potential benefits of two new solar programs unveiled by the government last week.