Two Alberta communities celebrated the completion of important water infrastructure projects on September 27.

Residents of Peace River, in the province’s northwest, celebrated significant improvements to the town’s water treatment plant. Town Mayor Lorne G. Mann called the upgrades a “once-in-a-generation project.”

The Peace River. Photo: Mhalifu

Upgrades include additional clarification, sedimentation, filtration, chlorination, and fluoridation measures. Funding for the project came from a number of sources. Peace River contributed nearly $5 million, plus almost $750,000 of its Gas Tax Fund Allocation, while the provincial government contributed more than $16.8 million from the Water For Life Program. The total cost of the project was $22,502,191.

The City of Lacombe, meanwhile, marked the completion of rehabilitation work to wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. Stormwater and water mains were replaced along 52 Avenue, as was a wastewater main on Woodland Drive. The projects were a part of the city’s 2013 Capital Works Program, and were funded through the Gas Tax Fund and the city itself.


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