Wheat­land wa­ter line close to break­ing ground

Hus­sar, Rock­y­ford to get bet­ter wa­ter

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Wheat­land Re­gional Cor­po­ra­tion is tak­ing steps to break ground on a line to sup­ply potable wa­ter to Hus­sar, Rock­y­ford, and ham­lets in Wheat­land County.

A pub­lic no­tice for an ap­pli­ca­tion un­der the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and En­hance­ment Act was posted in the Au­gust 3 edi­tion of The Mail. This ap­pli­ca­tion is for a 7.1 kilo­me­tre raw wa­ter pipe from a new off stream wa­ter stor­age reser­voir for sur­face wa­ter ob­tained from the West­ern Ir­ri­ga­tion District, and a 34 kilo­me­tre potable wa­ter line from the Vil­lage of Stan­dard Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant to the Ham­let of Gle­ichen.

Baha Hasas­neh, gen­eral man­ager of the Wheat­land Re­gional Cor­po­ra­tion says they are get­ting close to the start of con­struc­tion. Most of the pipe­line will be drilled as op­posed to trenched.

“Once we ad­dress all the con­cerns of the pub­lic, then we will have the green light. We are plan­ning to start con­struc­tion in Septem­ber of this year and we are hop­ing to com­plete the project by Septem­ber 2017.

The Wheat­land Re­gional Cor­po­ra­tion project was an­nounced last spring and Hasas­neh says the project ap­pears to be well sup­ported.

“We did have pub­lic meet­ings with the vil­lages and the ham­lets in Fe­bru­ary and March and it is hav­ing a good im­pres­sion on these places,” he said.

The line from Stan­dard to Gle­ichen is the first phase of the multi-year project.

“The next phase will be the pipe­line from Stan­dard to Rock­y­ford, and then in the fu­ture it will be con­nect­ing the Vil­lage of Hus­sar and the Ham­let of Rose­bud,” said Hasas­neh.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pub­lic No­tice, any di­rectly af­fected per­son may sub­mit a writ­ten State­ment of Con­cern within 30 days of the no­tice.

The Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and Parks will re­view each writ­ten State­ment of Con­cern, seek more in­for­ma­tion if needed and will notify each filer by let­ter of its de­ci­sion as to whether their sub­mis­sions are deemed a valid State­ment of Con­cern. These State­ments of Con­cern are pub­lic records and can be viewed by the pub­lic or the ap­pli­cant.

Copies of the ap­pli­ca­tion and ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion can be ob­tained from the Vil­lage of Stan­dard of­fice.

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