Province grants Beaverlodge funds for water, wastewater infrastructure

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Beaverlodge is receiving the $293,012 it applied for under the Alberta government’s municipal stimulus program, mayor Gary Rycroft told Town & Country News.

The funds are earmarked for planned upgrades to the lagoon lift station as well as already completed repairs of the 11th St. booster station.

“If we didn’t get these grants, we’d have to take it out of budget (and) we’re trying to keep our budgets under control,” Rycroft said.

“(The program) secures our infrastructure a bit more.”

The Alberta government is providing $500 million to municipalities across the province under the municipal stimulus program.

Of that, $2.67 million will go to the County of Grande Prairie, $311,437 to Sexsmith, $180,206 to Wembley and $98,000 to Hythe.

The program is intended to create local jobs and help communities move toward economic recovery.

Tina Letendre, Beaverlodge’s assistant chief administrative officer, said of the town’s grant $225,000 will go to the lift station and $68,000 to the booster station.

The lift station was due for upgrades due to the age of the infrastructure, at approximately 40 years, Rycroft said.

In the fall, the town discovered a water main break at the booster station near 11th St. and Almond Ave. and applied for the grant soon after. The break resulted in water shutoffs and boil water advisories for residences in the area.

The repairs were completed in the fall and the town will now be reimbursed for funds it put into the work, Rycroft said.

The lift station upgrade will probably go to tender soon and the work may start in the spring, unless a contractor determines it can go forth in the winter, he added.

Rycroft estimated the upgrade will take a month.

Associated Engineering had recommended the station be upgraded with an electrical kiosk, allowing electrical components of the wastewater system to be moved away from the lift station.

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