$105K se­cured to ex­plore mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter source

Fund­ing will be used for pro­duc­tion-scale well and test­ing

The Beacon (Gander) - - News - BY ADAM RAN­DELL Adam.ran­dell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

It’s been a long time coming, but John Baird is hope­ful a re­cent provin­cial gov­ern­ment fund­ing an­nounce­ment will help es­tab­lish a mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter sup­ply for Traytown.

Traytown se­cured $105,000 in cost-shared fund­ing – $85,696 from the provin­cial gov­ern­ment with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity cov­er­ing the re­main­der – to con­duct well drilling and wa­ter test­ing.

The in­vest­ment is part of gov­ern­ment’s re­cent $10.6-mil­lion, three-year Mu­nic­i­pal Cap­i­tal Works pro­gram.

The projects – which in­clude wa­ter and waste­water sys­tems, roads and com­mu­nity-ori­ented in­fra­struc­ture through­out the prov­ince – will be cost-shared, with mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties kick­ing in over $4 mil­lion in fund­ing, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Cur­rently, Traytown’s ap­prox­i­mately 160 homes and var­i­ous busi­nesses rely on pri­vate wells for wa­ter.

And ac­cord­ing to Baird, the town’s deputy mayor, wa­ter dis­rup­tions have be­come an is­sues for a num­ber of res­i­dents.

“It re­ally is a hit and miss sit­u­a­tion; some peo­ple are very happy with the sys­tem they have place, but for oth­ers it’s a dire straits sit­u­a­tion.”

In the past, the town looked at ty­ing into Glover­town’s wa­ter sys­tem but the as­so­ci­ated cost was out of reach for the small town.

A ground wa­ter source seemed to be the ideal choice, Baird said, and past work has iden­ti­fied two po­ten­tially suit­able lo­ca­tions.

A pro­duc­tion well is con­sid­ered a very early step to­wards devel­op­ment of a wa­ter sys­tem for the en­tire town.

If it proves suc­cess­ful, Baird noted mov­ing for­ward would re­quire sig­nif­i­cant in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ments, in­clud­ing wa­ter­lines, a treat­ment sta­tion and a hold­ing tank for peak ser­vice pe­ri­ods.

“It’s go­ing to take sev­eral mil­lions of dol­lars and sev­eral years to com­plete,” he said. “But if this proves out, we’ll be in good shape to start that process.”

Coun­cil is look­ing to move for­ward with the pro­duc­tion­scale well as soon as pos­si­ble, but will reach out to the con­sul­tant on the best ap­proach first.

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