Water and sewer continue to be priorities for District of Clearwater.
During their Nov. 15 meeting, town councillors directed staff to submit applications for funding for the design and construction of Well No. 3 and a water supply main, as well as upgrading of sewage treatment Cell No. 1 and headworks.
The applications are going to Canada-British Columbia Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
Projects approved through the fund receive 50 per cent funding from the federal government plus 30 per cent from the province, leaving the municipality to pay for only 17 per cent.
The District’s engineers have estimated the Well No. 3 and water supply main design and build to cost $2.1 million. If the requested funding is received, Clearwater would need to pay $365,000.
The project would include a pump-house, pressure-reduction valve, SCADA computerized control system, standby power and water supply main.
It is anticipated that Well No. 3 would be located in Reg Small Park near the existing Well No. 1. The well across from Dutch Lake Park is Well No. 2. Clearwater also draws water from Russell and Hascheak creeks, which are located behind the ski hill.
The upgrades to the sewage treatment system would consist of two components. The existing Cell No. 1 (not currently in use) would be converted to an aerated lagoon and headworks.
Cost of the upgrades to the sewage lagoons is estimated to be $1.2 million, of which Clearwater’s portion would be $203,000.
The preferred project completion date would be March 31, 2018. However, March 31, 2019 also would be considered.