Aquatera water could be on its way to Wembley by early next week. Despite delays caused by a leak, Engineering Services Manager Ralph Wohlgemuth says things are now back on track to turn on the tap.
“Most of the system has been commissioned now and are ready to turn on as soon as we have our disinfection done. We’re in the process of that right now and expecting to have everything complete and water flowing within a week.”
The $22 million water line running from the Aquatera treatment plant in Grande Prairie to the Wembley was expected to be up and running by early to mid-June. A leak in the mainline pushed that timeline back.
Wohlgemuth says the leak’s location made it initially hard to find pushing back the timeline even more. It has since been fixed.
“We had a leak in the area between Highway 40 and our treatment plant in a very wet area; less than ideal conditions that created some challenges in finding the leak… [now] the line has all been pressure tested so it’s all good.”
Construction on the 26-kilometre line first began in 2018 and the hope is to extend it to Beaverlodge, Hythe, and Horse Lake First Nation.
The level 1 water restriction that was put in place on May 29th will remain in place until Aquatara water makes an appearance.