Our region is one of the fastest growing in the country. To accommodate this, we allocated $93 million dollars in capital investment plans related to water and wastewater treatment, distribution and collection in our 2017/18 strategic plan and have invested $81 million to growth related infrastructure over the last five years.
Wapiti River Bank Protection and Storage
The Wapiti River is the source of our regional drinking water. High river flows from spring runoff 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.
Storage ponds next to the river help settle out dirt when the river is muddy before water is pumped to Grande Prairie for treatment. We plan to dredge and enlarge the ponds to provide critical storage.
These ponds can become the only source of water when pumping from the river isn’t possible which can happen during a flood event or an upstream environmental event as occurred on the North Saskatchewan River in 2016 impacting the drinking water supply for cities downstream.
River facility upgrades including Bank Stabilization, Intake Relocation 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: $20 million
Funding: The project is directly in line with the funding objectives of the Federal / Provincial New Clean Water / Wastewater Program – 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.
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.
Budget: $8.7 million
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 will provide the Town with a sustainable, high quality drinking water source. Aquatera will own and operate the transmission line once the project is complete in 2019. This line will be sized to extend west in the future, potentially serving Beaverlodge, Hythe and Horse Lake.
Budget: Aquatera will be investing $2 million towards the $20 million project. The remainder came from the federal Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and the provincial Water for Life funding.
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 is tender ready and growth driven.
Budget: $13 million
Funding: Funding includes County and Aquatera investments, developer contributions and provincial funding of $7.6 million.
Clairmont 116 St Discharge Project
The Clairmont lagoon has exceeded its sewage treatment capacity. This project will support long term growth in Clairmont and provide a higher level of sewage treatment by pumping wastewater to the Aquatera treatment plant in Grande Prairie through a new pumping facility and 9.3km of new pipeline. A Trunk Sewer extension along 116 St 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 2018.
Budget: $15.8 million
Funding: Primarily by grants, County investment, and utility rate supported debt.