By Jamie Rieger
Water was the main topic of discussion in the Utility Manager’s report at the July 27 County of Forty Mile council meeting, with the regional waterline project and the Burdett lagoon being the focus items.
Regional waterline project
In his report to council, Utilities manager, Stewart Payne updated county council on the progress of the regional well field for the regional waterline project, a joint venture between the County and the Village of Foremost, that is receiving funding through the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership and Water for Life grant programs.
Flow testing is complete for Wells # 4, 5, and 6, with drilling commencing for Well #7.
Also, Payne told council that funding has been approved for the design of the second phase of the project which includes the pipeline to Manyberries. Payne said there will likely be a meeting with engineers sometime mid-August.
Payne informed council that research is continuing to find the best solution to solve the wastewater quality issue at the Burdett lagoon.
“This is getting frustrating. We are still doing research and discussed the engineer study. We have got grant approval for the engineer’s recommendations, which includes dredging,” said Payne. “Dredging is expensive, so we have been looking for less expensive alternatives.”
Payne indicated that they have been using Actizyme to the treatment process.
“Two contractors have taken water samples and it is good on the treatment side, but not on the storage side,” he said.