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Rural Water and Sewer Servicing

Rural Water and Sewer Servicing (RWSS) will upgrade the water, sewer and road infrastructure in the communities of Anzac, Conklin, Draper, Janvier, Gregoire Lake Estates and Saprae Creek. From June to November 2014, the Council of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo approved the funding, phasing and financing strategy to design and build the new Rural Water and Sewer Service system.

The Fort McMurray wildfire has delayed construction timelines by one year. Revised timelines are below.

If your cistern, septic field or septic tank was damaged in the wildfire please call Safety Codes at 780-743-7813 for rehabilitation options.

Please note: All timelines are tentative and could change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

RWSS Community Updates

Anzac

Detailed design is ongoing. All remaining construction work is scheduled for completion between September 2017 and November 2018 with service connections beginning in 2019. Tenders associated with the construction contracts will be out for bidding starting in October 2017.

Project Start Date End Date
Contract 1: Construction, testing and commissioning of five lift stations: (a) Two engineered lift stations at Highway 81 and Stoney Mountain Rd; (b) Three packaged lift stations at Woodward Dr., Singer Rd. and Townsend Drive. November 2017 November 2018
Contract 2: Installation of water sewer and road rehabilitation up to the private property line including road rehabilitation and driveways in Anzac North and Anzac South. September 2017 Sep 2018
Contract 3: Service Connections May 2019 End date will vary according to the number of service connection requests.

Conklin

Construction continued in Conklin in 2017, including Contract 1 (Northland Drive) and Contract 2 (Lift Stations – started in March 2017). All remaining construction is scheduled for completion by November 2019/2020 with service connections starting in 2019-2020.

Project Start Date End Date
Contract 1: Northland Drive - Completed March 2016 Complete
Contract 2: Lift Stations, Water Treatment Plant Upgrade, Service Stubs to Northland Drive March 2017 November 2018
Contract 3: Pine Lane, Poplar Drive, Poplar Crescent, Spruce Drive September 2017 November 2018
Contract 4: Christina Lake Drive, Father Mercredi Trail, Conklin Corner & three packaged lift stations April 2018 November 2018/2019
Contract 5: Service Connections May 2019/2020
End date will vary according to the number of service connection requests.

Draper

Detailed design is ongoing as we assess the geotechnical landscape in Draper.

Project Start Date End Date
Contract 1: Water, sewer and road work on Draper Road, lifts station and connections to Waterways system April 2018
November 2019
Contract 2: Service Connections May 2019/2020
TBD

Gregoire Lake Estates

Preliminary tree clearing and utility relocation work has occurred in Gregoire Lake Estates.

All remaining work is scheduled for completion between July 2017 and November 2018 with service connections starting in 2019. Tenders associated with the construction contracts will be out for bidding starting in April 2017.

Project Start Date End Date
Contract 1: Gregoire Avenue, Aspen Crescent, Poplar Crescent August 2017 July 2018
Contract 2: Lift station, water reservoir and lift station on crown land behind Poplar Cres. November 2017 November 2018
Contract 3: Force Main from Gregoire Lake Estates to Anzac November 2017 November 2018
Contract 4: Service Connections May 2019 End date will vary according to the number of service connection requests.

Janvier

Detailed design and tendering is ongoing. All remaining construction work is scheduled for completion between August 2017 and November 2018 with service connections starting in 2019.

Project Start Date End Date
Contract 1: Main Water and Sewer Line September 2017 November 2018/2019
Contract 2: Lagoon and Outfall Pipe May 2018
November 2018
Contract 3: Service Connections May 2019/2020 End date will vary according to the number of service connection requests.

Saprae Creek

Detailed design is ongoing. All remaining construction work is scheduled for completion between September 2017 and November 2018 with service connections starting in 2019.

Project Start Date End Date
Contract 1: Sommer Way, Spruce Valley Gate, Evergreen Place, Conifer Way, Spruce Valley Dr., Community Lane, Sol Park Dr., Weiss Dr., Janke Lane, Freestone Way, Saprae Cr. September 2017 November 2018
Contract 2: Force main, gravity main and lift station November 2017 November 2018
Contract 3: Service Connections May 2019/2020 End date will vary according to the number of service connection requests.

FAQ - Saprae Creek

Q. How much will our taxes increase after we connect to the system?
A. There is no pre-determined change in taxes for connecting to the system. Property taxes are determined annually based on market assessments and tax rates.

Q. Is it too late to consider grinder pumps in the design?
A. Yes. Extensive research was done into grinder pumps and septic tank effluent pumps (STEPs). It was determined that STEPs are more reliable and have fewer maintenance costs.

Q: Will you consider a community vac truck service? Will you consider subsidizing pump-outs? Will you consider passing on pump warranties beyond the two years the municipality provides?
A: Yes we will consider these suggestions. We periodically bring suggestions for improvements to Council for consideration.

Q: Can old septic fields/mounds stay in the ground?
A: Yes but it will be homeowners responsibility to maintain them.

Q: Can you install a lift station that will push material to the airport?
A: Yes. It’s being built within the existing Saprae Creek fire hall.

Q: Is there a section on the website for questions?
A: Yes, Use RWSS Feedback form for your questions.

Q: Who will be providing assessments on existing tank systems to see if they can still be used? If existing tanks need to be removed who covers the cost?
A: Qualified professionals will make these assessments. The municipality will decommission old tanks at its cost.

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