Test­ing the pipes

City of Char­lot­te­town gets ready to bring new well­field project on­line

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVE STE­WART

The fu­ture of Char­lot­te­town’s wa­ter sup­ply will be flow­ing freely by the end of the year.

Af­ter years of talk­ing and plan­ning, the cap­i­tal city’s new well­field will be fully ac­ti­vated.

Coun. Ed­die Rice, chair­man of the city’s Wa­ter and Sewer Util­ity com­mit­tee, said test­ing is cur­rently un­der­way on the new pipes.

“Wa­ter is flow­ing through them af­ter all this time,’’ Rice said dur­ing an in­ter­view af­ter Mon­day’s reg­u­lar pub­lic meet­ing of coun­cil. “We will be open­ing them up as far as pub­lic con­sump­tion goes later in the month to next month. We will be run­ning wa­ter, fresh new Mil­ton­vale wa­ter through be­fore the end of the year.’’

If that sounds a bit con­fus­ing, Char­lot­te­town res­i­dents will be drink­ing the new wa­ter, but the new wells won’t be run­ning full out un­til the end of the year.

Rice added that the end of the month/next month time­line is a best-case-sce­nario, and that it could be a cou­ple of months away.

Mil­ton­vale is a ref­er­ence to Mil­ton­vale Park where the new well­field was built a cost of just un­der $20 mil­lion. The fed­eral govern­ment picked up half of the bill with the prov­ince and City of Char­lot­te­town split­ting the other half.

As of right now, the Win­ter River-Tra­cadie Bay Wa­ter­shed is the only source of wa­ter for Char­lot­te­town. There have been nu­mer­ous news sto­ries about the drain on that wa­ter­shed and the need for an al­ter­nate source of wa­ter. The Mil­ton­vale Park wa­ter source is ex­pected to take some of the pres­sure off the Win­ter River wa­ter­shed.

Drilling be­gan at the Mil­ton­vale site four years ago.

“It was all part of the plan, it was just a mat­ter of money. We’ve had the great­est sup­port from the feds, the prov­ince and the city giv­ing their part and it cost the tax­payer of Char­lot­te­town a very rea­son­able fig­ure.

The foun­da­tions for the new wa­ter reser­voirs have been com­pleted, and con­struc­tion of the first tank will be­gin this week.

“They are large, ex­tremely large, the big­gest, in fact, in the prov­ince. They will be con­structed and ready, again, this year.’’

That’ll pro­vide a home to store the wa­ter be­fore it flows into Char­lot­te­town.

In other wa­ter-re­lated news, the new Fitzroy Street sewer lift sta­tion is op­er­a­tional.

The city is cur­rently in the process of de­com­mis­sion­ing the old sta­tion.

In ad­di­tion, any­one driv­ing by the Char­lot­te­town Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Plant may have no­ticed a large crane work­ing. It was moved into place last week to lift the lid off the sec­ond di­gester.

The city is cur­rently com­plet­ing re­fur­bish­ment of the lid and adding a new mix­ing sys­tem.


Coun. Ed­die Rice, chair­man of Char­lot­te­town’s Wa­ter and Sewer Util­ity com­mit­tee, says wa­ter will be­gin flow­ing from the new well­field in Mil­ton­vale Park as early as later this month and no later than Novem­ber. When all is said and done, it will pro­vide a sec­ond source of wa­ter for the cap­i­tal city.

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