Wheat­land Cor­po­ra­tion breaks ground on wa­ter project

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Just as the Wheat­land Re­gional Cor­po­ra­tion broke ground on the first phase of its re­gional wa­ter project, they learned they have been ap­proved for the next phase.

On Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 9, the Cor­po­ra­tion of­fi­cially sig­naled the begin­ning of it’s re­gional wa­ter project to bring a re­li­able sup­ply of potable wa­ter to sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

The project is a re­gional col­lab­o­ra­tion of Wheat­land County and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing Gle­ichen, Stan­dard, Hus­sar and Rock­y­ford.

“We have a great part­ner­ship be­tween those mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties right now,” said Darcy Burke, Mayor of Rock­y­ford and chair of the Wheat­land Re­gional Cor­po­ra­tion. “We have sim­i­lar in­ter­ests and want to en­sure we have safe and sus­tain­able wa­ter for our com­mu­ni­ties and some of our ru­ral neigh­bours along that pipe­line. “

The wa­ter will be supplied by the Western Ir­ri­ga­tion District and ground­wa­ter near Stan­dard. The first phase of the project in­cludes a wa­ter stor­age reser­voir and a raw wa­ter line to the Stan­dard Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant. From there, a potable wa­ter line will run from Stan­dard to Gle­ichen.

The project is sup­ported by the provin­cial Wa­ter For Life Pro­gram and the Govern­ment of Canada through the Clean Wa­ter and Waste­water Fund (CWWF).

“Pro­vid­ing clean drink­ing wa­ter to Cana­di­ans is es­sen­tial to keep­ing our com­mu­ni­ties healthy and liv­able,” said the Honourable Amar­jeet Sohi, Min­is­ter of In­fra­struc­ture and Com­mu­ni­ties. “The Govern­ment of Canada rec­og­nizes that strate­gic in­vest­ments in pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture—such as wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture projects like this one—is es­sen­tial to grow­ing the mid­dle class and equip­ping mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties with the build­ing blocks they need to sup­port a high stan­dard of liv­ing for Cana­di­ans and their fam­i­lies.”

The first phase of the project has an es­ti­mated price tag of $22.3 mil­lion and about 94 per cent cost cov­er­age through th­ese grants.

Al­berta Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion and Min­is­ter of In­fra­struc­ture, Brian Ma­son, in a

brief state­ment said, “Our govern­ment is proud to sup­port the Wheat­land Re­gional Wa­ter Pipe­line, an ex­am­ple of lead­ers com­ing to­gether in the com­mon in­ter­est of their com­mu­ni­ties. Access to clean drink­ing wa­ter and wa­ter-waste-wa­ter treat­ment sys­tems are es­sen­tial for all Al­ber­tans and their qual­ity of life. We will re­main fo­cused on in­vest­ing in Al­berta’s pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture, so that our prov­ince con­tin­ues to serve the needs of Al­ber­tans to­day and for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

The Wheat­land Re­gional Cor­po­ra­tion is now in the po­si­tion to an­nounce they have re­ceived ap­proval for phase 2 of the project. This in- cludes the ex­pan­sion and up­grade of the Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant in Stan­dard, and a sup­ply line to the Village of Rock­y­ford. This has an es­ti­mated price tag of $18.4 mil­lion.

Tim Frank, a Cor­po­ra­tion board mem­ber and Mayor of the Village of Hus­sar stated, “The Village of Hus­sar strongly sup­ports Wheat­land Re­gional Cor­po­ra­tion. 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.”

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Wheat­land Re­gional Cor­po­ra­tion broke ground on Phase 1 of its re­gional wa­ter project on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 9 at the Stan­dard Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant. This phase in­cludes a wa­ter stor­age reser­voir, a raw wa­ter line to the treat­ment plant and a potable wa­ter line to the com­mu­nity of Gle­ichen. (l-r) Tim Franks, Mayor of Hus­sar, Rock­y­ford Mayor, Darcy Burke, Wheat­land Reeve, Glenn Koester, Keith Schen­her of Al­berta Trans­porta­tion and Stan­dard Mayor, Alan Larsen, break ground on the project.

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