County set to engineer four water projects

Richard Froese
South Peace News
Tenders have been awarded for three water projects in Big Lakes County that will include support from government funding.

At its regular meeting Aug. 9, council approved a tender for engineering services for the Joussard reservoir extension and water treatment plant upgrades to M2 Engineering of Edmonton in the amount of $645,637, excluding the federal goods and services tax.

“That is less than 8 per cent of the projected capital cost and is within the acceptable range,” CAO Roy Brideau says in a report to council.

A grant of $3.6 million from the Alberta Municipal Water Wastewater Program has been approved to cover about 75 per cent of the estimated cost for the Joussard water treatment plant upgrades estimated at $4.8 million.

The remainder of $1.2 million will be funded from the county water reserves.

Brideau adds the county has applied for a grant from Canada’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to cover 50 per cent of the estimated cost of the Joussard reservoir extension for $1.875 million.

Although the two projects are separate, Brideau says it would be more efficient and cost effective for the county to utilize the same consultant for both projects and have them done in conjunction with each other.

At its regular meeting July 26, council awarded the engineering contract for expansions to water reservoirs in Enilda and Grouard to MPE Engineering of Edmonton.

Provincial grants stipulate the work must be completed by March 31, 2018.

However, the CAO says the county faces tight timelines to comply by that.

“I have asked for an extension on all four projects,” Brideau says.
“We will know before the design stage whether we have extensions.”

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