New regional wastewater project makes life better for central Albertans

(L-R): Lacombe County Reeve Paula Law; NRDRWWSC CAO Matthew Goudy; the Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure & Communities; the Hon. Brian Mason, AB Minister of Infrastructure & Minister of Transportation; Lacombe Mayor & NRDRWWSC Chair Steve Christie; Blackfalds Mayor & NRDRWWSC Vice Chair Melodie Stol; and Lacombe County Councillor Ken Wigmore at the ground breaking ceremony.
Lacombe, Alberta (March 27, 2017)—By ensuring that water and wastewater systems are modern, efficient and meet the capacity needs of our communities, the governments of Canada and Alberta are safeguarding the well-being of residents, protecting the province’s waterways and preserving its ecosystems.

The ground-breaking event was attended by the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation; Steve Christie, Mayor of Lacombe; Melodie Stol, Mayor of Blackfalds; and Paula Law, Reeve of Lacombe County, to celebrate the start of construction on the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Transmission System.

“Investing in infrastructure creates jobs for the middle class, strengthens the economy and gives municipalities the building blocks they need to support a high standard of living for Canadians and their families," said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. "This important investment will ensure that Lacombe, Blackfalds and Lacombe County residents have access to reliable and effective wastewater treatment services that will help protect the local environment.”

“Our government’s investment in this critical project will make life better for Albertans by improving access to wastewater services while helping to create jobs and support the local economy," said the Honourable Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation. "By collaborating with federal and municipal partners we able to fund more projects and provide better services for people in central Alberta.” 

This important infrastructure project will connect Lacombe, Blackfalds and Lacombe County to the regional wastewater treatment facility in Red Deer. It includes the construction of 26 kilometres of wastewater pipeline, regional lift stations in Lacombe and Blackfalds, and an odour management facility in the City of Red Deer. Odour management strategies will also be implemented at both lift stations and at air release points along the pipeline.


“This regional wastewater transmission system has long been a top priority for the City of Lacombe and our partner municipalities in the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Commission," said Steve Christie, Mayor of the City of Lacombe and Chair of the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission (NRDRWWSC). "We are very appreciative of the strong support provided by the Government of Canada and the Alberta Government in moving this vital infrastructure project forward. It will yield immediate economic benefits in terms of employment during construction, and will provide for much-needed long-term sustainability in addressing Lacombe’s critical wastewater needs.” 

 “A regional wastewater line has been identified as the number one infrastructure priority for the Town of Blackfalds," said Melodie Stol, Mayor of the Town of Blackfalds and Vice-Chair of the NRDRWWSC. "This crucial project will provide immense benefit for our growing community and the region in terms of employment created throughout the project, economic opportunities for industries considering Blackfalds, and for the everyday quality of life for our residents.”

“Lacombe County is proud to be part of this crucial project, which will protect the environment and our water sources," said Lacombe County Reeve Paula Law. "We are grateful for the support from both the federal and provincial governments, and look forward to collaborating with our regional partners on this important infrastructure project.”

"Given the legislative, environmental, and financial realities we all find ourselves navigating in increasing expectations for new and enhanced services, and the fact that people do not live, labour and recreate within the confines of a border, regional partnerships have become an essential means of doing business and serving our citizens," said Tara Veer, Mayor of the City of Red Deer 

The Government of Canada will contribute up to $29.8 million toward this project under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The Government of Alberta will be providing $27.4 million, with the NRDRWWSC covering the remaining costs of the project, which has a total estimated cost of over $71 million.

For more information about the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System, visit www.nrdrwwsc.ca.

 

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