City Council has decided to proceed with two water infrastructure projects after receiving provincial funding.
Construction of the third phase of the Northwest Drainage Channel project and the Water Treatment Plant Chemical Feeder System project will both be moving forward.
The drainage project costs approximately $1.8 million however the Alberta government is putting in $1.6 million in funding.
The City will cover the remaining amount of project costs.
“It gives us the opportunity to spend only $178,000 than almost $1.8 million, I think taxpayers appreciate that very much,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers.
Cities/towns under the population of 45,000 can apply for funding under one of the two project categories: Water Supply and
Treatment or Wastewater Treatment.
Lloydminster is already receiving funding though the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP) Program for the new Mechanical Wastewater Treatment Facility, so the City can not apply for additional funding under the Wastewater Treatment category.
However, the City is able to apply for funding under the Water Supply and Treatment category so council is looking to get that funding.
A total of $1.9 million from the AMWWP is going towards the Chemical Feeder project.
Approximately $1 million has been allocated from the 2021 Draft Capital Budget and $410,000 from the 2020 Capital Budget to cover these costs.
“It’s been a long time since upgrades and repairs have been done so this will give those upgrades the opportunity to be funded. If there is grant money, that’ what we’ll be going after,” said Aalbers.
The Northwest Drainage Channel moves a large amount of the City’s storm water and will be able to better handle the water flow and prevent flooding.
Phase one of the upgrades was completed in 2019, Phase two is expected to be completed late this year.
Phase two is expected to be complete by the end of 2020 while construction on phase three is set to start in the fall of 2021.
The Chemical Feeder System design will come together by November 2020, with the project completion date scheduled for December 2021.