Wheat­land wa­ter project mak­ing progress

The Drumheller Mail - - MAIL WORKS! - Patrick Ko­lafa

The Wheat­land Re­gional Cor­po­ra­tion is get­ting closer and closer to turn­ing on the taps to Gle­ichen.

The re­gional part­ner­ship among Wheat­land County, and the vil­lages of Stan­dard, Rock­y­ford, and Hus­sar, broke ground last fall and has been mak­ing great progress. Chair of the Cor­po­ra­tion, Darcy Burke is ex­cited about the progress.

“We are on sched­ule with the project and hope to have wa­ter in Gle­ichen in Septem­ber,” said Burke.

The project takes wa­ter from the Western Ir­ri­ga­tion Dis­trict, and they have con­structed a new raw wa­ter reser­voir west of the Vil­lage of Stan­dard. A raw wa­ter line will take the wa­ter to an up­grade and ex­panded Stan­dard Wa­ter Treat­ment plant. Drom there, it will be piped to Gle­ichen as the first phase of the project.

“The treated wa­ter line -from Stan­dard to Gle­ichen9 is in, and they are in the process of do­ing some tie-in on it and then some pres­sure test­ing,” said Burke.

He ex­plains the wa­ter will con­nect to the ex­ist­ing mu- nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture in place in Gle­ichen with lit­tle changes.

3ast fall, as the con­struc­tion broke ground on the first phase, the cor­po­ra­tion learned the fund­ing has been ap­proved for the sec­ond phase, which will con­nect Rock­y­ford.

“Right now the ten­ders are out on that and we will have wa­ter in Rock­y­ford by March 2018.

He adds that as the project goes ahead, they have been get­ting strong in­ter­est from farm­ers along the wa­ter­line wish­ing to tie in. They will also con­nect to Wheat­land Cross­ing School.

“We are very ex­cited for the project and very im­pressed with the job that is be­ing done and the qual­ity of work,” said Burke.

We are on sched­ule with the project and hope to have wa­ter in Gle­ichen in Septem­ber” Darcy Burke Chair of the Cor­po­ra­tion

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The Wheat­land Re­gional Cor­po­ra­tion is hop­ing to turn the tap on in Gle­ichen this fall, fin­ish­ing the first phase of its re­gional wa­ter project, which in­cludes up­grad­ing the Stan­dard Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant, above.

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