It's a day they'll be talking about for a long time in Gleichen. Residents of the hamlet about 70 kilometres southwest of Drumheller have joined the Wheatland Regional Water System.
Officials of the Wheatland Regional Corporation, including chairman Darcy Burke, turned on the tap to a new water line from the treatment plant just outside of Standard.
"Standard has been on regional water from the new raw water reservoir for probably about the last 45 days," he reported. "It was quite interesting because the residents in Standard noticed an improvement in their water quality as soona s they started using our regional water."
"Gleichen residents have had poor quality water for a number of eyars and its been a raw water issue," he continued. "We knew in Gleichen, once these folks get using our water, they're going to see a significant improvement."
It completes Phase One of the regional water project, and Burke says they're already going ahead with the second phase.
"Phase Two is the Rockyford leg of the line, so that line is being put into the ground right now," said the mayor of Rockyford. "Coming from Standard top Rockyford they;'re just a few miles outside of Standard. It is our plan to have regional water flowing in Rockyford by March of 2018."