Beaverlodge seeks grant to support lagoon upgrade

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The Town of Beaverlodge is applying for a $99,400 Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP) grant to study upgrades to the wastewater lagoon to meet Alberta Environment’s design standards.

At the Oct. 26 council meeting Associated Engineering representatives made a report to council about the need for $4.5 million in upgrades.

An upgrade is necessary because the wastewater lagoon is currently discharged twice per year when once would be ideal under provincial guidelines, according to Associated Engineering.

Beaverlodge began discharging the wastewater lagoon twice annually approximately three years ago and the impact to fish is a concern.

Mayor Gary Rycroft said insufficient flow can lead to greater concentration of the treated wastewater, which may contain too much ammonia.

On Oct. 26 Grant Dixon, an Associated Engineering manager, suggested the town apply for AMWWP grant funding.

The deadline to apply for AMWWP is Nov. 30, Dixon told council.

On Monday Coun. Cyndi Corbett’s motion to apply for the grant was carried.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News