More people living between the Drumheller Institution and Horseshoe Canyon could be drinking Red Deer River water in the not too distant future.
Kneehill County Council has decided to proceed with a planned expansion of the Churchill Water Service Area Project.
"The water actually came from, basically, right at the penitentiary; it was a co-op started a number of years ago," related Kneehill Reeve Jerry Wittstock. "There was no full hook-ups supposedly allowed with this line and we have had some asks to have that water line expanded."
"There was just not enough ability there to hook any more people onto it, so what we're trying to do now is allow more hook-ups into it and to make it a better system for the residents that are there," he elaborated. "Our plan is to put in a truck fill so that people that do haul water don't have to go down into Drumheller and come up the hill loaded."
A motion was passed at the May 8 Kneehill County Council meeting to have administration bring back a conceptual plan in September so Council has a better idea of what's involved.
"I don't think we'll have any pipe in the ground," cautioned Wittstock. "Maybe by this fall there might be some action happening there, but we just want to get that Churchill Project lined up so that we can send some water to the people that need water in that area."