Fund­ing ap­proved for Red­land/ Rose­bud wa­ter­line

The Drumheller Mail - - Front Page - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Wheat­land Re­gional Cor­po­ra­tion (WRC) con­tin­ues its pos­i­tive mo­men­tum as it be­gins to lay the ground­work for its third phase, de­liv­er­ing wa­ter to the Red­land and Rose­bud area.

The re­gional wa­ter util­ity has made great strides in its short his­tory to bring a re­li­able potable wa­ter sup­ply to the Wheat­land area. This in­cludes a ma­jor project for diver­sion and storage from the Western Ir­ri­ga­tion Dis­trict, sup­plied by the Bow River, up­grades to a wa­ter treat­ment plant at Stan­dard and de­liv­ery of wa­ter to Gle­ichen, Stan­dard, and Rock­y­ford. Ear­lier this sum­mer they re­ceived fund­ing for the third phase. “We were no­ti­fied about a month ago, so we are very ex­cited about ex­tend­ing the line from Rock­y­ford to Rose­bud,” said chair­man of WRC, Darcy Burke.

He says there could be a lot of in­ter­est in the line. “There is a lot of po­ten­tial for ru­ral tie in, the wa­ter qual­ity on the north side of Rock­y­ford and the ru­ral area, down through Red­land is not the great­est. There has al­ways been a de­sire from those ru­ral folks to find an al­ter­na­tive source of drink­ing wa­ter,” he said.

The WRC has posted a short sur­vey on its web­site for po­ten­tial users in the area to fill out in or­der for the util­ity to gauge in­ter­est in phase 3 of the project.

Right now we are talk­ing to po­ten­tial ru­ral users to de­ter­mine the route and we will be mov­ing for­ward with MPE En­gi­neer­ing as our gen­eral con­trac­tor on the en­gi­neer­ing side of things,” said Burke. “The sur­vey will be open this sum­mer and in the fall we will start the de­sign phase and move for­ward with con­struc­tion and com­ple­tion in 2020.”

The funds were granted through the Wa­ter for Life Pro­gram, and Wheat­land County is a fund­ing part­ner, pro­vid­ing the mu­nic­i­pal por­tion of the fund­ing.

“We are very im­pressed with the speed of the fund­ing for the sec­ond and third phases of the project, well ahead of what I ever thought would be hap­pen­ing. Even­tu­ally, we will see Phase 4, the line ex­tend to Hus­sar and who knows, that may come sooner than any of us were think­ing,” said Burke.

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