The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) has completed the construction of a new water treatment plant and upgrades to water infrastructure in Fort Chipewyan.

Ric McIver, Alberta’s minister of transportation, M.L.A. Tany Yao, Mayor Don Scott, members of Council, and RMWB Administration joined community leaders in Fort Chipewyan to celebrate completion of the project.

“The new facility and upgrades will enhance water quality and service for the residents of Fort Chipewyan today and also provide additional capacity to meet the hamlet’s needs in the future,” said Mayor Don Scott. “The Municipality is committed to improving infrastructure in our communities and we are pleased to collaborate with the Government of Alberta in delivering this important project.”

Work started in April 2016 to increase the size of the community’s fresh water reservoir, upgrade the pump houses and pipelines that bring freshwater to the plant, and refurbish the existing water treatment plant and distribution pump house.  The province contributed $20 million of the total cost of $37 million. Construction of the new water treatment plant finished in 2018, with overall project completion earlier this year.

“Our government is committed to providing high quality infrastructure to meet the needs of Albertans, and the Fort Chipewyan facility and upgrades will help one of our most remote northern communities maintain reliable access to clean drinking water today and in the future,” said Alberta’s Transportation Minister Ric McIver. “This was a complex project that included moving construction materials by river barge in the summer and over ice roads in the winter, and I’m pleased to see this necessary infrastructure come to completion for the people of Fort Chipewyan.”

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More information about this project in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and other construction projects in the region is available here.

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