Alberta invests $11 million in Devon water project
The Government of Alberta is making investments in water infrastructure that will create jobs and ensure clean water in communities across the province.
In Budget 2016, the Alberta government set aside $595 million over the next five years to help fund water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects in small towns and rural Alberta. This funding will improve access to safe, reliable water supplies and enhance environmentally-sustainable wastewater treatment, while creating hundreds of jobs in communities across the province.
This includes $11 million for the town of Devon to upgrade the local wastewater treatment facility as part of the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership grant program that saw increased funding by the Alberta government in Budget 2016.
“Modern water infrastructure not only protects the families who live in our communities, it is the foundation upon which the community can grow, attract investment and create jobs for future generations.”
The $11,288,460 grant will see a staged replacement of the existing facility, starting with the headworks, as well as the construction of a new aeration tank, secondary building and overall improvements to the wastewater treatment process.
This project will improve wastewater treatment, protect the local watershed and create jobs for the local economy.
“All of council is very pleased for the support we are receiving from the Province under their Alberta Municipal Water Wastewater Partnership program. These funds will be directed toward modernizing our wastewater treatment plant. As a community upstream of much of the Capital region, this will have a positive impact in Devon and on the greater Edmonton area.”
Alberta Government restores vital water and wastewater system funding
Previously reduced funding for these important grant programs meant that a number of projects were delayed in many communities. With this increased funding, delayed projects will move forward and hundreds of jobs will be created across the province.
Alberta’s Water for Life and Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership programs ensure that Albertans have access to safe, reliable water supplies and environmentally-sustainable wastewater treatment. The Alberta government cost-shares eligible projects with smaller urban and rural municipalities to help with the design and construction of municipal water supply and treatment, and wastewater treatment and disposal facilities.