Equipment ordered for new water plant

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Equipment for a major water treatment project in Joussard has been ordered by Big Lakes County.

At its meeting Jan. 24, council approved a recommendation for the county to enter into two contracts for the major equipment supply with AWC Water Solutions at a cost of $976,216.

The current estimated cost of the project is $8.5 million and there are two grants available for the project, says a report from Ted Laszczak, director of utilities.

He says the supplier has given a deal for the county and would deliver the equipment sooner than later.

“They gave us a discount for $50,000 and a 24-month warranty,” Laszczak says.

“Sometimes, we have to wait for parts to arrive for three months, four months and even six months.”

A general contractor for the project is expected to be awarded in April, he says.

Having the parts available will help speed up the progress of the project.

A grant is available from the federal Clean Water and Wastewater Fund at 50 per cent of the reservoir portion to a maximum of $1.85 million, and a grant from the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnershipat 75 per cent of the costs of the water treatment plant.

“An extension of the completion of the CWWF grant was also issued until March 2019,” Laszczak says.

It means funding for the project is in place, but that “time is still of the essence” to complete the project.

“One of the major delays in the construction of a water treatment plant is the time it takes to manufacture and deliver the specialized equipment, Laszczak says. Project consultant M2 Engineering, of Edmonton, has worked to reduce the delay by selecting quotations for the major equipment.

When the general contractor is selected, the general contractor will assume the equipment supply contract.


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