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Provincial funding allows west county water line study to move forward

Several communities west of Grande Prairie are planning to move forward with a study on a Potable Water Transmission Line.

Hythe, Beaverlodge, Wembley, and the Horse Lake First Nation are all looking for solutions to the short term and unreliable water supplies they currently have.

The province has provided $100,000 to the group to make the study happen.

Wembley Mayor Chris Turnmire says it’s always been in the plans to start looking at a long term water solution.

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“I can basically speak for the town of Wembley. We’re on a well system and it draws water out of an aquifer. You can never determine how long that aquifer or that well is going to produce.”

There are a few things Turnmire says they are hoping to learn from the study.

“I think part of the study will look at each municipality’s water needs over probably the next 25 years, and then explore all options in terms of what might be the best solution for each municipality.”

Turnmire says they have sent out a request for proposals, which ends on September 1.

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