Kneehill County council approves non-resident water hook-up Dec. 8

Written by Stu Salkeld

Kneehill County council approved a non-resident acreage hook-up for a 7.3 acre portion of NW 14-29-23-W4M to the municipal water system after a report at the Dec. 8 regular meeting of council.

The application was presented by Environmental Services Manager John McKiernan, who noted in his report, “Administration received a request from the Village of Carbon on behalf of a village resident to connect to Kneehill County’s rural waterline (Grainger). 

As per policy 14-17 (the Non-County Residential Connection to Rural Waterline policy), administration is to bring the request to council for approval.

“Kneehill County submitted the water model application from the Village of Carbon to the engineering firm, WSP. The water model was completed and the results concluded that this new connection would not adversely affect other users on the system and that it could provide the potential maximum service of four Imperial gallons per minute (Igpm) at 40 pounds per square inch (psi).

“Utility department will coordinate the connection of the water service if approved by council and all subsequent financial obligations are met.”

Readers should note that Kneehill’s policy includes invoicing the village the riser fee plus additional construction costs, and the invoice must be paid prior to the new line being commissioned. 

The application has to be made by the applicant’s municipality, as the county policy states Kneehill won’t deal with direct applications. 

The county’s Master Rates Bylaw states the charge for each riser is $10,000.

The WSP summary was included for council in their package, but the applicant’s name, as well as the WSP staff member involved, were both removed from the report.

“As per your submitted request we completed a water model for the service connection at NW 14-29-23-W4M, for (name removed),” stated the report dated Nov. 18, 2020 and signed by an unknown WSP employee.

“Based on a maximum flow of 1,700 litres/day, the model indicates the ability to meet a flow of 4.0 Igpm at 130 psi for the service connection SW 14-29-23W4M. The service can be installed with minimal effect on the system.

“Our model is set up that all service connections installed whether tied in or not will pull maximum daily demand during the assessment of a proposed additional service.”

While examining a map included in the agenda package, Coun. Glen Keiver asked if the parcel in question was located at the red dot presented.

McKiernan stated the parcel in question is located on the south side of the creek on the south side of the village.

Coun. Debbie Penner asked if two residents were involved in the application. McKiernan responded there was only one request to hook up to Kneehill’s water system.

McKiernan noted in his report that staff recommended, “That council approve non-resident water service connection to the Grainger rural water system as requested by the Village of Carbon and as per Policy 14-17.”

Councillors unanimously approved the connection.


Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.