County commissions new pump station

A new pump station west of Kinuso was celebrated by Big Lakes County at a grand opening Sept. 7. Left-right, are Devon Fedor of Alberco Construction, Big Lakes County utilities manager Ian Willier, Jackie Mykytiuk of M2 Engineering, Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee, Big Lakes County Reeve Ken Matthews, Kinuso Councillor Ken Killeen, Grouard Councillor Fern Welch and Joussard Councillor Richard Simard.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

A new water pump station to serve the Kinuso area was officially commissioned by Big Lakes County during a special ceremony Sept. 7.

Reeve Ken Matthews and Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee cut a ribbon to celebrate the upgraded utility during the grand opening.

Both say the new facility is more valuable, efficient, economical and effective.

“It ensures that we have a safe and fully operational pump station and reservoir that will be able to service the needs of our residents for years,” Matthews says.

Once the facility is completed, it will be able to store more water, which will allow the county to service Spruce Point Park and more rural areas.

County council and staff, and representatives of M2 Engineering and Alberco Construction gathered to open the facility, located on Highway 2 at Range Road 104, which leads to Spruce Point Park.

The new Kinuso pump station and reservoir cost $5.2 million with half of the cost supported by a federal Clean Water Waste Water Fund.

Words were also expressed from the MLA.

“Be replacing the aging treatment plant in Kinuso and modernizing the treatment processes to meet the state-of-the- art standards, this project will improve the quality of water throughout the Kinuso area,” Larivee says.

She notes the water utility will serve Kinuso, Swan River First Nation and rural residents.

When the county assumed the former Village of Kinuso in 2009, the water system was very dated, Matthews says.

“Therefore, the solution was to build a new reservoir and pump station and make it big enough so that there was adequate storage capacity for both potable water, firefighting needs and large enough to support more rural areas with water,” Matthews says.

He adds the Kinuso pump station is one of many projects underway or planned to expand water services in the county.

Kinuso Councillor Ken Killeen, left, gets a tour inside the pump station with Jackie Mykytiuk, of M2 Engineering.


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