Another ambitious regional water project is about to go ahead in our area.
Ground was formally broken on Wednesday morning, November 9 for the East Wheatland County Regional Water Line, which will run west from the water treatment plant in Standard, about 50 kilometres south southwest of Drumheller.
"We're starting the new reservoirs just south of Standard and then we'll be building the pipeline to Gleichen for a new water system there," reported Rockyford Mayor Darcy Burke, who also chairs the Wheatland Regional Corporation, which was formed to oversee the project's construction and operations. "We'll probably have water in Gleichen within the next two years and then we'll be starting Phase Two, bringing the water line into Rockyford."
"Currently the Standard Water Treatment Plant does meet all Alberta Environment standards," he maintained. "As the system grows and expands there will be an expansion and upgrades done to this plant in the Phase Two part of it."
The actual work to be done includes two raw water reservoirs, along with a pump station and line to the treatment plant, a portable water pump station and potable water lines extending west.
Phase One is projected to cost $22 million, with $20 million of that coming from the Alberta Government's Water For Life initiative. Burke noted they have also received money through the federal governemnt's capital investment program.
"Phase One and Phase Two have been approved with funding through the federal government and the provincial government; Phase Three would be the expansion to Rosebud and Hussar," he explained. "Initially we looked at full build out costs being in the $60 million range (but) through our economy right now, we're seeing some very good pricing come in on those bids."
Pipe for the first part of the project was stacked up just south of the water plant in Standard and work is expected to get underway very soon.