EDMONTON — The Province of Alberta and the federal government recently announced that more than $16.3 million will go to four water and wastewater projects in Alberta.
In the towns of Vermilion, Barrhead and St. Paul, wastewater treatment plant upgrades will increase capacity and improve the cleanliness of water released back into the environment. A new water reservoir for the Hamlet of Beaver Mines in the municipal district of Beaver Creek is also planned.
“Projects like the wastewater treatment plant upgrades in Vermilion will help the community better manage its wastewater while protecting regional waterways and maintaining a healthy environment,” federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi said in a statement.
The four projects announced are in addition to 62 other water and wastewater projects in Alberta previously announced under the federal Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
To date, the federal government has invested more than $196.7 million in 66 Alberta water and wastewater projects, with the government of Alberta putting $102.5 million in 17 of those projects.
“We are putting people to work with this kind of investment in needed infrastructure. Improving wastewater treatment systems is essential for Albertans today and into the future and is key in protecting the health of everyone,” said Alberta Minister of Transportation Brian Mason.
“Albertans have told us they want clean lakes, rivers and land for their children and grandchildren. Support for these local water projects will help ensure wastewater is properly treated, protecting our critical waterways and land.”