Rose Prairie water station feasibility study approved

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The Peace River Regional District approved Thursday a new feasibility study for the Rose Prairie water station.

The two-fold study aims to identify new water sources and potential treatment options for the previous water source, which was deactivated in March after explosive levels of gas were found in the water system.

A $97,668.70 contract was awarded to Tetra Tech, the only company to submit a bid, adding to the expenditures already spent to provide a bulk water fill source for residents in Area B.

The PRRD spent $919,169 to build a station, and another $407,233 in operational costs to bring it online before the problems were discovered prior to its opening.

Explosive levels of gas were found in the system on Feb. 21, one day before it was scheduled to open to the public, and the PRRD officially closed the station in March.

Two to four new water sources will be explored under the study, with Tetra Tech completing a safety plan for wells that have the potential for gas contents.

The results of the feasibility study will be brought to the Electoral Area Directors Committee for further review and recommendations.

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News