Cool, clear water

By Geoff Lee

December 1, 2016 12:00 AM

Kitscoty and Marwayne are in line to receive treated drinking water from Lloydminster.
Phases 4 and 5 of the ever expanding Alberta Central East Regional water system are currently in the pre-tender stage with groundbreaking to start as early as next spring.
That’s the word from Patrick Gordeyko, chairman of the Alberta Central East Water Corporation that has secured funding to expand the regional water line.
Phase 4 would involve the construction of a regional water line from Lloydminster to Kitscoty and Phase 5 from Kitscoty to Marwayne.
Gordeyko was unable to provide a timeline of when the tenders would go out, but he noted there would be two tenders at least.
He confirmed negotiations are already underway and a Memorandum of Understanding is in place between ACE and the City of Lloydminster.
With the recent municipal election in Lloydminster, no one from the city could say when the MOU would be presented at council, but the project has momentum.
ACE Water Corporation announced on Sept. 6 that the Lloydminster to Kitscoty section had received approximately $9.5 million in federal funding from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and Phase 5 about $4.8 million.
The Government of Canada infrastructure dollars will fund up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs and the Government of Alberta will fund up to 40 per cent of eligible project costs through the Water for Life grant program.
“This is great news for our shareholders especially for the unconnected municipalities,” said Gordeyko at the time.
“They have faithfully contributed their share of capital costs and now with this funding we will take a huge step towards completing our system.”
Additional funding is needed to secure funding to connect the remaining four communities in the grand plan.
Phase 4 and 5 of the ACE regional line would provide the communities of Kitscoty and Marwayne with treated water from Lloydminster with volumes and rates yet to be announced.
The project and the MOU were not included on the agenda of Monday’s council meeting.
The ACE Regional water system began with the completion of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the system in 2012-13, after nearly 10 years in the planning process.
This allowed the flow of water from the Vegreville Water Transfer Station through pipelines to seven of the partner municipalities.
Phase 3 is expected to be completed this year and will connect the eighth municipality.
The funding for Phase 4 and 5 will allow ACE to connect Kitscoty and Marwayne and a hamlet from the County of Vermilion River.
“This will make significant progress on the regional system, which will be one of the largest regional systems in Alberta,” said Gordeyko.
ACE is a consortium of 13 municipalities in east central Alberta with an interest in providing a reliable, safe, and sustainable supply of potable water to their residents.
The municipalities are the County of Minburn, County of Two Hills, County of Vermilion River, Town of Two Hills, Town of Vermilion, Villages of Dewberry, Innisfree, Kitscoty, Mannville, Marwayne, Myrnam, Paradise Valley and Willingdon.

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