Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda, 1 Regional Water Services Commission Chair Brenda Knight and Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ron Orr were in Lacombe to announce a $8,522,800 regional water transmission line. (Todd Colin Vaughan/LACOMBE EXPRESS)

Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda, 1 Regional Water Services Commission Chair Brenda Knight and Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ron Orr were in Lacombe to announce a $8,522,800 regional water transmission line. (Todd Colin Vaughan/LACOMBE EXPRESS)

AB Infrastructure Minister announces $8,522,800 regional water transmission line

Funding is covered jointly by the province, Ottawa and benefiting municipalities

Alberta Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda was in Lacombe to announce the approval the approval of an $8,522,800 regional water transmission line.

The approval of Phase 6 and 7, which includes $3,409,120 from the Federal Government, $4,261,400 from the province and $852,280 from the Highway 12/21 Regional Water Services Commission will help improve water provisions for Bashaw, Alix, Clive, Edberg, Ferintosh and the Counties of Camrose and Lacombe.

Panda said the investment is part of the $49-million infrastructure partnership between Ottawa, the province and Albertan municipalities.

“Building vital infrastructure is a key part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan. Ensuring communities and organizations can get started on the planning and construction of these ICIP projects figures prominently in our plan to create needed jobs and boost local economies where it matters most,” he said.

Panda said he was pleased to see Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ron Orr advocate heavily for this project. Orr remembers living in Clive when discussions for the need for this began.

“The long-term reality was that those wells they were relying on could go dry. They were concerned they needed a long-term better solution. One of the benefits of this is that it makes these communities viable long-term.

Panda said the project helps eliminate the need for older wells and that the scope of all their funding involves replacement of aging infrastructure.

“This project will provide these communities to eliminate dependence on aging infrastructure. This shifts their water supplies to long-term, safe supplies. It will also create about 45 jobs during the construction phase,” Panda said.

Commission Chair Brenda Knight said that construction will likely begin in the spring due to costs associated with winter constructed and the project should be completed in 2022.

“This, Phase 6 and 7, will bring the construction phase of our commission to completion. We started out in 2005. It has been 15 years and we are so pleased to be at this point.

Knight said that partnerships have been able to bring this project to fruition.

“Water is the the lifeblood of our communities and we appreciate it so much. These communities can thrive and grow and we will have eight rural municipalities that will be connected now,” Knight said.

Knight said the project has already has had economic benefits for the communities it serves.

Bashaw already has. Since they got onto the regional water, they have had an agricultural plastics recycling plant move into the town. They needed water in order to wash the plastics,” she said. “I’m hoping it will be able to provide growth in all these communities.”

Panda said projects like this have the potential to diversify the economy.

“We want to build on our strengths, but we also want diversify the economy. Agriculture is very important for this region and we are talking about irrigation projects across the province so we can grow more and provide more agrifood services,” Panda said.

Knight said the line allows communities to have water not being drained off natural aquifers and the project will serve these communities 100 years or more.

“Will there have to be upgrades, definitely, but this is a long-term solution to water,” she said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

As of Friday, Alberta has under 10,000 active COVID-19 cases. (Image courtesy CDC)
Alberta identifies 573 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths on Saturday

There are currently 9,727 active cases of the virus in the province

As of Friday, Alberta has under 10,000 active COVID-19 cases. (Image courtesy CDC)
Three new COVID-19 deaths in Central zone, Alberta under 10,000 active cases

The Central zone sits at 849 active cases, with 52 people in hospital and 10 in the ICU.

(File photo)
After several years in limbo, Parkland Manor to be torn down

Rimoka Housing Foundation has received funding and approval for the demolition

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced 16 additional deaths Thursday. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
No easing of Alberta’s COVID-19 measures Thursday, 678 new COVID-19 cases

The province also hit 1,500 COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said the Canadian government should consider sanctions on the U.S. if they refuse to reconsider the decision to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Keystone XL officially cancelled, Kenney vows to fight on

U.S. President Joe Biden cancelled the presidential permit for the pipeline on first day of office

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, updates media on the COVID-19 situation in Edmonton, Friday, March 20, 2020. Hinshaw says residents in long-term care and supportive living facilities will remain the priority as the province grapples with a looming slowdown in COVID-19 vaccine supply. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta long-term care residents remain priority in looming slowdown of COVID vaccine

There are 119 patients in intensive care and 1,463 people have died

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma State Rep. Justin Humphrey prepares to speak at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. A mythical, ape-like creature that has captured the imagination of adventurers for decades has now become the target of Rep. Justin Humphrey. Humphrey, a Republican House member has introduced a bill that would create a Bigfoot hunting season, He says issuing a state hunting license and tag could help boost tourism. (Steve Gooch/The Oklahoman via AP, File)
Oklahoma lawmaker proposes ‘Bigfoot’ hunting season

A Republican House member has introduced a bill that would create a Bigfoot hunting season

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2017, file photo, Larry King attends the 45th International Emmy Awards at the New York Hilton, in New York. Former CNN talk show host King has been hospitalized with COVID-19 for more than a week, the news channel reported Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. CNN reported the 87-year-old King contracted the coronavirus and was undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87

King conducted an estimated 50,000 on-air interviews

Black Press File Photo
Maskwacis RCMP lay charges for attempted murder, kidnapping, and flight from police

Female victim remains in hospital in serious condition.

In this Dec. 18, 2020 photo, pipes to be used for the Keystone XL pipeline are stored in a field near Dorchester, Neb.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chris Machian /Omaha World-Herald via AP
‘Gut punch’: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney blasts Biden on revoked Keystone XL permit

Kenney said he was upset the U.S. wouldn’t consult with Canada first before acting

Joe Biden, then the U.S. vice-president, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take their seats at the start of the First Ministers and National Indigenous Leaders meeting in Ottawa, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau, Biden to talk today as death of Keystone XL reverberates in Canada

President Joe Biden opposed the Keystone XL expansion as vice-president under Barack Obama

Prince Edward Island’s provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. A lozenge plant in Prince Edward Island has laid off 30 workers, citing an “almost non-existent” cold and cough season amid COVID-19 restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
‘Almost non-existent’ cold and cough season: P.E.I. lozenge plant lays off 30 workers

The apparent drop in winter colds across the country seems to have weakened demand for medicine and natural remedies

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette takes the royal salute from the Guard of Honour as she makes her way deliver the the throne speech, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette resigns, apologizes for ‘tensions’ at Rideau Hall

Payette, who is the Queen’s representative in Canada, has been the governor general since 2017

Grounded WestJet Boeing 737 Max aircraft are shown at the airline’s facilities in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, May 7, 2019. WestJet will operate the first commercial Boeing 737 Max flight in Canada today since the aircraft was grounded in 2019 following two deadly crashes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Passengers unfazed as WestJet returns Boeing 737 Max to service on Calgary flight

After a lengthy review process, Transport Canada cleared the plane to return to Canadian airspace

Most Read