Forgetmenot Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta. Credit: minniemouseaunt via Flickr.
Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta. Credit: minniemouseaunt via Flickr.

Upgrades to improve the quality and supply of tap water in Kananaskis Country have been completed. The Government of Alberta, EPCOR, and the federal government partnered to deliver significant upgrades and expansions to the 30-year-old Evan Thomas water and wastewater treatment plant, which will now meet the growing water needs of the Bow Valley region.

The new water treatment plant and state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant were built under a public-private partnership (P3) between the Alberta government and EPCOR, and supported by the P3 Canada Fund.

“Our government is committed to supporting P3 projects across Canada that engage the expertise of the private sector to deliver infrastructure innovation and efficiencies,” said John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Macleod. “This project is an excellent example of what can be achieved when the public and private sectors work together to build long-term, sustainable infrastructure for Canadians.”

The upgraded treatment systems mean cleaner water will be returned to the Kananaskis River, protecting the region’s aquatic environment. Additionally, expansions and upgrades to the water storage and distribution systems will increase flow and enhance fire protection services throughout the area.

The Alberta government will continue to own the facility and be responsible for its services. Under the $59.6-million P3 terms, EPCOR designed, built, and provided partial financing for the project. EPCOR will operate the new water and wastewater treatment plants and the water storage and distribution systems for 10 years following construction completion.

The Government of Canada contributed $9.95 million through the P3 Canada Fund toward construction of the facility.

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