A regional project to provide drinking water to the people of East Wheatland County is moving ahead on schedule.
"Water cells one and two are now complete and full with WID (Western Irrigation District) water, the raw water line is running into Standard and so the Standard plant is currently using WRC (Wheatland Regional Corporation) water and things are moving along very well," reported Rockyford mayor and WRC chairman Darcy Burke.
The multi-phase project is designed to reach a number of communities in the area west of Drumheller over the next few years.
"The first phase of the line to the Wheatland Crossing School is now operational and we are in the process of testing the line from Wheatland Crossing School to Gleichen," noted Burke. "Once the testing is complete there, then we'll have that plant online."
"We've started construction of Phase Two to Rockyford now: so far it's just outside of Standard a few miles," he added. "The funding commitment we have with the federal government is we have to have that water flowing into Rockyford by March (2018)."
Future phases of the Wheatland Regional Water System will see lines run out to Rosebud and Hussar.