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Due to Regulatory approval requirements, the award of the project was delayed by about three months.
Accordingly, project completion schedules including the delivery of some critical components for the Water Treatment Plant (WTP) were affected. To accommodate these unanticipated changes the project schedule previously planned needed extension. According to the revised schedule the project is on track.
The waterline component of the project is scheduled to be completed by March 31st, 2020, and the Water Treatment Plant is anticipated to be complete in August 31, 2020.
One of the challenges at the Water Treatment Plant is the replacement of an intake screen which should be performed during the summer period and also requires the plant to be shut down for an extended period. The Town of Bonnyville does not have enough storage capacity in its existing reservoir to be shut down for the length of time required, so we cannot be on Cold Lake water until after the screen is replaced.
Completion of the change out of the screen is scheduled for late summer 2020 and as a result we anticipate that the conversion from the existing Bonnyville Water Treatment Plant to the Cold Lake supply line will be in early September 2020.
The total cost of the project is anticipated to be approximately $97,000,000.00.
The Federal and Provincial Government are contributing about 90% of the total project cost, the remaining 10% of the project cost is contributed by the MD and Town of Bonnyville. The project cost contribution break down is as follows:
* UNDRIP – United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
In the Town of Bonnyville and the area of the Municipal District of Bonnyville served by the Town, you should notice an improved quality of the water, especially in the summer.
The new source (Cold Lake) is a significant improvement in quality over Moose Lake where it is common to have Algae bloom in the summer. Cold Lake water is treated through membrane filtration versus the Moose Lake water which is treated with chemical addition and filter media. There will be an improvement in taste, odour and colour.
In the M.D. of Bonnyville, Ardmore, Fort Kent, the residents currently served along the line from Cold Lake and Cold Lake First Nations, there should be no noticeable difference.
For all, the water sourced from the new waterline will be disinfected with Chloramination instead of Chlorine.
With the new extension of the regional water system which will reach the Town of Bonnyville at the furthest end, it is estimated that the travel times for drinking water between the Water Treatment Plant and Bonnyville will be significant.
To reduce and manage the formation of disinfection by-product (DBPs) associated with higher water age, a secondary disinfection by Chloramination will be performed at the Transfer Station.
Click here for a Chloramination Fact Sheet
The Commission and the Contractor have taken steps to ensure that the liens have all been removed and there should be no effect to the landowner’s property as a result.
A total of 38 residents were provided a connection as part of the compensation provided by the Commission for land easements across their property. This was done where the Commission needed space to install the transmission line, or a working space was needed for the Contractor.
No additional direct connections from the transmission line are being provided, Alberta Environment has restricted the number of connections that are allowed on the Transmission line.
If you were not provided one as part of compensation for a land easement, you will not be able to connect. Connections are only provided where the Commission needed a land easement.