Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Sharon Wesgate shared that the grant for the Elnora pumphouse has been approved.
“The pumphouse facility ensures that the community has a stable, viable water supply,” Wesgate said.
The Village of Elnora has been working on the Pumphouse project for six years. In November 2021, the village first applied for a grant from Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership.
The village has faced some setbacks with the project; during a generator load test in preparation for a planned outage by ATCO Electric in January 2022, the generator experienced a failure. Inspections proved the generator was irreparable, and a standby generator was brought in to comply with Alberta Environment regulations.
Using the pumphouse application submitted to Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership, Tagish Engineering created the generator specifications and submitted the project for consideration. However, the Village’s request for funding from Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership for the pumphouse project was denied twice.
The Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership grant will cover 75 per cent of the project, and the village will cover the rest.
The Village of Elnora has been deferring their annual Municipal Sustainability Initiatives funding from the provincial government to cover the municipal portion of the project. The villages portion will be entirely funded by the Municipal Sustainability Initiatives funding.
Tagish Engineering will be designing and overseeing the project.
“It is anticipated the design plans will be finalized by mid-summer, the project will be tendered in the fall with construction to commence in October 2023, projected completion date is 2025,” said Wesgate.