Saddle Hills County residents are being invited to Open House for the Central Peace Regional Water Supply project.
It comes after the Alberta Ministry of Transportation announced the approval of the Water for Life grant application for the design of the Central Peace Regional Water Treatment Plant. The grant will cover up to 90 per cent of the costs of the project, which is estimated to cost just over $2.2 million.
Saddle Hills County applied for the grant on behalf of the Central Peace G5 Group of municipalities. The G5 Group includes Birch Hill County, the MD of Spirit River, Saddle Hills County, the Town of Spirit River, and the Village of Rycroft.
The Central Peace Regional Water Treatment Plant is the next phase of the Central Peace Regional Water Supply project. The current phase in progress is a new water supply intake and lift station from the Peace River, by the Dunvegan Bridge, as well as approximately 36 kilometres of new raw water pipeline to the Spirit River and Rycroft reservoirs.
Saddle Hills County Reeve Alvin Hubert says, “We are excited for the opportunity to be able to provide a reliable source of potable water to the residents, businesses, and industries in the Central Peace Region. This is a major step towards securing the future of our communities.”
The G5 Group currently relies on local water treatment plants and intermittent surface runoff water sources for their potable water needs. There are currently seven water treatment plants in the G5 region.
The primary objective behind the project is to provide the participating municipalities with a reliable, safe, and expanded water treatment system, capable of satisfying the needs of the region well into the future.
Saddle Hills County is hosting an open house for the Central Peace Regional Water Supply project on Thursday, August 18th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Spirit River Centennial Hall. There will be information on the project, as well as opportunities to ask questions and voice concerns.