On May 29, Council and industry representatives participated in the official ground breaking ceremony for the wastewater treatment plant expansion.
“This ceremony marks the start of a multi-year project that will provide a necessary and important expansion of our wastewater treatment facilities,” said Ray Watrin, deputy mayor. “As well as improving our current maintenance system, this critical piece of infrastructure will also position us for the future growth of our community.”
The project will replicate existing equipment, allowing the Town to improve maintenance procedures and upgrade to a dual-process treatment system. The first phase of construction will focus on expansion of the biological nutrient removal and clarifying process. The expansion will also provide the opportunity for the current equipment, which has been in service since the mid-2000s, to undergo comprehensive maintenance.
“This project will ensure that critical assets are in place to enhance preventative maintenance programs and meet community growth,” said Chris Radford, Infrastructure and Operations Director. “It builds upon a proven treatment process established in Okotoks and provides the added resiliency to continue to protect the Sheep River.”
Council approved $7.15M in the 2019 budget for the first phase of construction, with a portion of the project being funded through a loan from the Alberta Capital Financing Authority.
Maple Reinders Construction has been awarded the contract for the project, which is expected to be completed in 2020. This is the first phase of several upgrades that will be completed over the next several years.
“We have one of the most robust treatment systems in the province and this expansion will continue to integrate best practices to ensure that the Town provides excellent water treatment services to the community while protecting the Sheep River eco system,” said Watrin.