The Canadian and Alberta governments will provide $16.3 million to upgrade three wastewater treatment plants and build a water reservoir in Alberta. The investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Alberta for the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
Wastewater treatment plants in the towns of Vermilion, Barrhead and St. Paul will receive upgrades to increase capacity and improve water cleanliness.
A water reservoir will be constructed in the Municipal District of Pincher Creek for the hamlet of Beaver Mines. This project aims to ensure an emergency supply of drinking water is available at all times.
“Projects like the wastewater treatment plant upgrades in Vermilion will help the community better manage its wastewater while protecting regional waterways and maintaining a healthy environment,” said Amarjeet Sohi, minister of infrastructure and communities. “These improvements will both support future economic growth and ensure that the region remains healthy and sustainable for years to come.”
The federal government has invested more than $196.7 million in 66 water and wastewater projects in Alberta through the fund. The Government of Alberta has invested over $102.5 million in 17 of those projects.
Provincial funding for the project is provided through the Alberta Municipal Water/Wasterwater Partnership (AMWWP) and the Water for Life program. AMWWP supports municipal water supply and treatment and wastewater treatment and disposal facilities.
“We are putting people to work with this kind of investment in needed infrastructure,” said Brian Mason, Alberta minister of transportation. “Support for these local water projects will help ensure wastewater is properly treated, protecting our critical waterways and land.”
The four projects are in addition to those approved in June 2016 receiving nearly $117 million under the AMWWP, along with those approved in May 2017 receiving over $131 million, for a total provincial investment of $352 million over two years in more than 100 projects.