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Capital Projects

Our region is one of the fastest growing in the country. To accommodate this, we allocated $80M in capital investment plans related to water and wastewater treatment, distribution and collection and solid waste in our 2019/20 strategic plan and have invested over $100M to growth related infrastructure over the last five years.  

2018-2019 Capital Projects Map (PDF)

Water Infrastructure

Wapiti River Bank Protection, Intakes and Storage

The Wapiti River is the source of our regional drinking water. High river flows from spring run-off and flood events are causing the river to shift its course, eroding the river bank next to river pumping facilities and covering up water intakes in the river. Bio-engineering techniques were implemented in the fall of 2018 to stabilize the river banks adjacent to the storage ponds and pump house.

Storage ponds next to the river help settle out silt when the river is muddy before water is pumped to Grande Prairie for treatment. We dredged and enlarged the ponds to remove accumulated materials and provide critical storage. We plan to add additional storage capacity in the coming years.

These storage ponds can become the only source of water when pumping from the river isn’t possible. This can happen during a flood event or when an upstream environmental event has occurred, like it did in 2016 on the North Saskatchewan River, impacting the drinking water supply for cities downstream.

River facility upgrades including bio-engineered bank stabilization, construction of a new intake and raw water storage capacity increase will provide protection from flooding, improve emergency response and resiliency of river ways integral to the regions growth.

Budget: $19.3M

Funding: The project is directly in line with the funding objectives of the Federal/Provincial Investing in Canada's Green Infrastructure and the Alberta Community Resiliency Programs – for which funding support is being sought. Utility rates provide funding through Aquatera earnings and debt and Infrastructure Charges supporting the growth-related project costs.

West Transmission Trunk 

The construction of a second transmission line from the water treatment plant to the existing distribution system. The Wembley Water line, which is currently under construction, was over-sized from the water treatment plant to Highway 40 as part of this project. The transmission line will continue from the Wembley Water line along Highway 40 and will connect the existing distribution system at 68 Avenue and 108 Street, providing redundancy for the existing supply line and significantly reducing the impact of a supply line failure.

Budget: $6.6M 

Funding: The project is funded from the Infrastructure Charge.

Clairmont Pumphouse/Reservoir (Mercer Hill)

Construction of a new water pumphouse and reservoir atop Mercer Hill is needed to support growth in the northern sections of Clairmont, including Clairmont Heights. This project will ensure adequate storage for fire protection and strengthen the existing water system for all of Clairmont. This project is ready to tender.

Budget: $9M

Funding: This growth driven project will be funded by Aquatera, County of Grande Prairie investment and developer contributions.

Water to Wembley

A Regional Water Transmission Line from Grande Prairie to Wembley now provides the Town with a sustainable, high quality drinking water source. Completed in 2019, Aquatera now owns and operate the transmission line. This line is sized to extend west in the future, potentially serving Beaverlodge, Hythe and Horse Lake.

Budget: Aquatera invested $3M towards the $22M project. The remainder came from the Clean Water Wastewater Fund Federal Program and the Provincial Water for Life Program.

Downtown Infrastructure Upgrades

This project coincides with Phases 3 and 4 of the City of Grande Prairie’s Downtown Streetscape Upgrades Project. Water infrastructure replacement will be coordinated as part of the City’s project. It replaces some of our oldest infrastructure and upgrades to accommodate the City of Grande Prairie's plans for intensified redevelopment. 

Budget: $2.7 million

Funding: Aquatera contributed $1.4M towards water infrastructure in 2018 and will contribute $1.34M in 2019. The City will also invest in the project.

Second Water Transmission Line

The final section of twinning of approximately 600 metres of an existing raw water line to the Water Treatment Plant is currently underway with completion expected in early 2019.

Budget: $0.7M

Funding: The project is funded from the Infrastructure Charge.

Hawker's Booster and Chloramination Station 

The installation of a water booster and chloramination station to maintain water flows and chlorine residuals to the Hawker Business Park. Construction of the Booster Station will be complete in early 2019 and includes the initial pump station and chloramination station.  Phase 2 includes upgrades to the booster pumps and will be completed as growth demands dictate.

Budget: $1.6M

Funding: This project is funded from the Infrastructure Charge.

Water Treatment Plant Roof Replacement

The original roof structure (1984) on the water treatment plant will be replaced to ensure the integrity of the building structure and treatment equipment.

Budget: $0.6M

Funding: This project is funded from Debt.

Zone 3 Pumphouse Electrical Upgrade

The electrical system at the Zone 3 Pumphouse will be upgraded to provide additional capacity to meet the growing demands on this system.

Budget: $0.25M

Funding: This project is funded from Cash.

Wastewater Infrastructure 

Wastewater Clairmont Regional Lift Station (Phase 1)

Expected growth in north Clairmont, in particular Clairmont Heights, will consume remaining sewage pumping capacity in the short term. Ultimately, this project will accommodate long term growth in north and east Clairmont, replacing three existing sewage lift stations with a single regional lift station and new sewer trunk lines. The project has been tendered with award of the construction contract pending additional grant funding.

Budget: $26.7M

Funding: Funding includes County of Grande Prairie and Aquatera investments, developer contributions and provincial funding of $7.6M. An application for federal funding has been submitted.

Clairmont 116 Street Discharge Project

The Clairmont Lagoon has exceeded its sewage treatment capacity. This project supports long term growth in Clairmont and will provide a higher level of sewage treatment by pumping wastewater to the Aquatera treatment plant in Grande Prairie through a new pumping facility and 9.3 km of new pipeline. A trunk sewer extension along 116 Street will also service additional quarter sections in the City of Grande Prairie for future development.

Land acquisition and detailed design began in 2016. The project was awarded to Mainline Construction in July 2017 with construction expected to be complete in early 2019.

Budget: $17.8M

Funding: Primarily by grants, County of Grande Prairie investment and utility rate supported debt.

Westpointe Sanitary Diversion 

This project involves the installation of a sanitary main between 113 Street and 116 Street along the south side of 84 Avenue, along with over-sizing of the main sewer line through the Kensington subdivision. It will ease the current capacity issues along the 108 Street sanitary sewer by diverting flows from Westpointe subdivision into the new 116 Street trunk sewer. Project construction will be completed in summer 2019.

Budget: $2.85M

Funding: This project is funded from the Infrastructure Charge and Debt.

Wembley Wastewater Plant Upgrade

This project involves upgrades to the existing lagoon treatment system to meet Federal and Provincial effluent quality parameters. A scoping study is currently underway to assess the available treatment technologies to determine the best solution to meet the required effluent quality parameters.

Budget: $4M

Funding: This project is funded from Grants (Town of Wembley) and Debt.

ARR Lift Station Replacement

This project involves the replacement of the existing lift station (1968) to address the deteriorated lift station condition, maintenance access and the discharge force main.

Budget: $0.56M

Funding: This project is funded from Debt.

Solid Waste

New Bioreactor Landfill Cell

The current landfill cells are rapidly approaching final elevation and capacity. A new cell is currently under construction and will be completed in early 2019. The new landfill cell is expected to provide capacity for about 10 years.

Budget: $3.8M

Funding: This project is funded from Debt. 

Landfill Gas-to-Energy

Aquatera’s landfill is able to capture naturally occurring methane gas from decomposing waste and convert it into a fuel source to heat and power the adjacent water and wastewater treatment plants. This significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions as well as utility costs, while improving air quality.

With the drilling of additional landfill gas, we will be able to tie in to the existing landfill gas system. This will allow for the capture of landfill gas from the existing fill area to be used to enhance electricity production at the Energy Centre. 

Budget: $1.2M

Funding: This project is funded from Cash.