A project that aims to bring potable water through Conrich to service area residents is entering the second phase of its construction this month, and is on track to be completed by the end of 2021, according to a project update from Rocky View County (RVC).
The Conrich Waterline Extension Project involves installing a water main from RVC’s existing reservoir and pump station through the community of Conrich to service the existing subdivisions of Cambridge Estates and Prince of Peace.
According to Angela Yurkowski, capital project manager with RVC, funding for the project was approved in April, with a total project budget of $4.9 million. Construction has been ongoing since the early summer.
“Our construction commenced at the beginning of July and has been progressing since,” she said. “Right now, the project is proceeding on schedule and on budget, which is very good.”
She added the mild fall weather has been conducive to a good construction season so far. As long as fair conditions continue through the months of November and into December, Yurkowski said RVC anticipates the project to wrap up before the end of 2021.
“We’re about halfway through in terms of phasing – I'd say it’s been successful to date and things are looking like we’ll be able to provide [residents] water by the end of the year,” she said.
She added the project is divided into two major phases. Phase 1 included the southern portion of Cambridge along Range Road 285 towards Prince of Peace, while Phase 2 includes servicing the northern portion of the project, from the existing pump station and reservoir in Conrich southwest towards Cambridge Estates.
“Phase 1 was recently completed, which includes the crossing under Highway 1,” Yurkowski said. “A contractor is mobilizing right now to the north portion and plans to commence that work sometime this week.”
With Phase 1 complete, the second phase was set to begin in mid-October and continue until approximately mid-November.
According to RVC’s website, Conrich Road and Meadow Ridge Drive will be impacted by the ongoing construction, and residents in that area are asked to follow directional signage and safety personnel on-site.
The Conrich Waterline Extension Project will seek to tie over 500 new customers onto the County’s East Rocky View potable water system.
“This project will ultimately bring County services right into the core of Conrich and be able to service the equivalent of about 500 households in that area,” Yurkowski said. “It’s providing a lot of existing County residents access to RVC’s potable water system.”
Yurkowski added the project is unique in that it is funded through a partnership model, with funding coming from RVC, the Alberta government, and through local improvement, tax, and developer contributions.
“I would say a lot of parties came to the table to be able to fund this project, which has enabled us to move forward with it and progress this year,” she said. “It’s important to recognize the key funding partners. [They are] a large contributor to the success of the project and us being able to undertake it this year.”
Water servicing has been a contentious topic in east RVC, where water supply is currently the jurisdiction of local developers. Earlier this year, backlash emerged when Conrich residents complained about their water pressure, which would decrease during grassfires in east RVC, when firefighters would draw on the local water source to help fight the flames.
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