District of Clearwater is going to spend $31,000 to install three power poles along Eden Road.
The poles will be used to provide three-phase electrical power to a sewer lift station.
The sewer lift station was installed in 1999 to service a commercial business being developed at the time, chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx explained to town council during its Mar. 20 meeting.
The hydro meter was connected to a power pole that provides electricity to the business.
Later, Clearwater Improvement District took over the infrastructure but the hydro metering for the lift station was left under the business’ metering.
The business has been paying for the lift station’s power and then been reimbursed from the District for the estimated cost of running the lift station.
“Providing hydro power to a District service is the responsibility of the District,” Groulx said.
She noted that several more businesses now use the lift station’s services.
Putting in two poles rather than three would be cheaper but would not easily accommodate further growth.