Wheat­land County launches clean wa­ter pro­ject

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Diane Thomas The Drumheller Mail

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.