BY BRAD QUARIN
LOCAL JOURNALISM INITIATIVE
TOWN & COUNTRY NEWS
Aquatera and the County of Grande Prairie cut the ribbon on a new bulk water station near Dimsdale last week, for the use of county residents and trucks.
The station was built as a result of the Water to Wembley project and became operational in early August.
“It’s a fantastic facility for the area and tremendous for Aquatera to expand our footprint,” said Vaughn Bend, Aquatera chief administrative officer.
“Any time we can provide water to people closer to where they need it, it helps development.
“Helping to grow healthy communities is key, and what we see is that development follows.”
The station, also known as a truck fill, is connected to a booster station built to get water to Wembley, he said.
Aquatera began supplying Wembley residents with water from its Grande Prairie treatment plant last year.
Currently, Dimsdale residents and businesses don’t have access to Aquatera water except through the new bulk water station, Bend said.
Allison Richels, county communications advisor, said Dimsdale currently relies on wells for its water.
However, Bend said it’s possible Dimsdale could begin drawing from the Water to Wembley line in the future.
Services are extended to small communities when it’s economically feasible and if the municipalities secure grants, he said.
Provincial and federal grants were a major part of the Water to Wembley project, he noted.
“The line does go right by Dimsdale, so it’s a possibility - you’re not talking about bringing a line from Grande Prairie just to Dimsdale,” he said.
Aquatera has three other bulk water stations, one on Elevator Road in Sexsmith and the other two in Grande Prairie, Bend said.
The Dimsdale area became the location for the fourth because Aquatera needed to establish a booster station to re-pressurize water from the transmission line to Wembley, he said.
The bulk water station draws its water from the booster station, he explained.
The water is “drinking-water quality” and can serve both industrial and residential users, Bend added.
He said residents can use the smaller hose to bring water back to their acreages for any purpose.
The booster station and bulk water station are located in their own building, visible along Hwy. 43 at 711079 RR 73.
The building is unstaffed and open 24-7, and it can be accessed by credit card, Bend said.
He said the Water to Wembley project has been discussed for approximately 10 years and the booster station was always part of the project.
Adding a bulk water station at the booster station has been discussed for the past several years, Bend said.
According to Aquatera, the county contributed $1.1 million to the transmission line oversizing, $450,000 to the booster station and $200,000 to paving around the bulk water station.
The paving is intended to make the station more user-friendly, Bend said.
The total cost of building the booster station was approximately $2.75 million, according to Aquatera.
Last Wednesday the Dimsdale bulk water station officially opened.
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