Kananaskis Country’s Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area will soon see water and wastewater treatment plants and upgrades.

“This community has seen a lot of growth and change in the 30 years since the Evan-Thomas water and wastewater treatment facility was built,” said Minister of Alberta Infrastructure Ray Danyluk. “It’s time to move into the future, taking advantage of today’s innovations and technologies to ensure we can continue to meet the increasing demand for a safe and stable supply of water in the Kananaskis region.”

Built in the early 1980s and upgraded in the 90s, the Evan-Thomas water treatment and wastewater treatment plants will be replaced with advanced facilities including two new, larger plants and an expansion and upgrades to the water storage and distribution system.

Proponents suggest that the Evan-Thomas Water and Wastewater Treatment Facility project will be completed through a public-private partnership (P3) procurement method. Similar to Alberta’s school delivery model and more closely based on the province’s transportation P3 model, the private partner will design, construct and provide partial financing for the Evan-Thomas project. The partner will also be responsible for operations of the new water treatment plant, the new wastewater treatment plant, and the water storage and distribution systems for 10 years following construction completion.

The Request for Qualifications for the Evan-Thomas project is expected to be issued by the Alberta government in late September. Industry will be invited to an information session in Kananaskis on August 30 to learn more about the project and the P3 procurement process.

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