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There are no RWSS updates for April 2017.

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If you have questions about this project or other construction in Wood Buffalo, please contact the Construction Hotline by calling 780-793-1054 or emailing constructionhelpdesk@rmwb.ca.

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.

On July 9, 2014, Council approved the following improvements in Wood Buffalo’s rural communities:

  1. Full Pressure Water System and Gravity Sewer System for the communities of Anzac, Conklin, Gregoire Lake Estates.
  2. Trickle Fill Water System and Low Pressure Sewer System for the communities of Draper and Janvier.
  3. Low Pressure Sewer System for the community of Saprae Creek. Saprae Creek already has water supply service, which is also being upgraded.

What is a Full Pressure Water Distribution System?

In a Full Pressure system, water is piped into your home using water pressure generated in the water distribution system (water treatment plant, water reservoir and pump house). There is no holding tank required on your lot.

What is Trickle Fill Water Distribution System

In this system, water from your local water treatment plant is first stored in a water holding tank on your lot. The water is then pumped into your home using pressure generated by a pump in your holding tank.

What is a Gravity Sewer System?

Wastewater from your home flows gradually through downward sloping pipes on your lot, drawn by gravity to the municipal collection system or main sewer lines.

What is Low Pressure Sewer System?

Wastewater from your home is collected in a sewage holding tank on your lot. The tank is equipped with a pump that pumps the wastewater and solids to the municipal collection system or main sewer lines.

Activity Update

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.

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

Anzac

Detailed design is ongoing. All remaining construction work is scheduled for completion between May 2017 (or earlier if weather permits) and November 2018 with service connections beginning in 2019. Tenders associated with the construction contracts will be out for bidding starting in fall of 2016.

Project Start Date End Date
Contract 1: Highway 881 Lift Station and Stony Mountain Road Lift Station May 2017 November 2018
Contract 2: South Anzac Water & Sewer May 2017 November 2018
Contract 3: Cheecham Drive Rehabilitation, and North Anzac Water & Sewer May 2017 November 2018
Contract 4: Service Connections May 2019 Based on when residents choose to connect (25-year limit)

Conklin

Construction continues in Conklin in 2016, including Contract 1 (Northland Drive) and Contract 2 (Lift Stations – starting in November). All remaining construction is scheduled for completion between by November 2018 with service connections starting in 2018-19.

Project Start Date End Date
Contract 1: Northland Drive March 2016 Substantially complete
Contract 2: Lift Stations, Water Treatment Plant Upgrade, Service Stubs to Northland Drive November 2016 November 2018
Contract 3: Pine Lane, Poplar Drive, Poplar Crescent, Spruce Drive May 2017 November 2018
Contract 4: Christina Lake Drive, Father Mercredi Trail May 2018 November 2018
Contract 5: Other Lift Stations May 2018 November 2018
Contract 6: Conklin Corner May 2018 November 2018
Contract 7: Service Connections May 2018 Based on when residents choose to connect (25-year limit).

Draper

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

Project Start Date End Date
Contract 1: Water, sewer and road work on Draper Road May 2017 November 2018
Contract 2: Lift Station and Connections to Waterways System May 2017 November 2018
Contract 3: Service Connections May 2019 Based on when residents choose to connect (25-year limit).

Gregoire Lake Estates

Clearing of municipally owned trees was finished in 2016 to make way for the new alignment of telephone poles and underground gas and utility lines. ATCO Electric is currently onsite to relocate and heighten poles, and to provide appropriate power service for the sanitary lift station and potable water pump house. Preliminary work by Telus and ATCO Gas may also be completed this year, if required.

Clearing of certain trees on private lands is necessary to proceed with the project. Some work is underway with the remainder to occur in 2017. Affected homeowners have already been notified and will be contacted again by the contractor before work begins in 2017.

All remaining work is scheduled for completion between May 2017 and November 2018 with service connections starting in 2019. Tenders associated with the construction contracts will be out for bidding starting in fall of 2016. Please note that Contracts 2 and 3 start in July 2017 due to provincial caribou protection regulations.

Some preliminary work may occur between November 2016 and February of 2017 to prepare Provincial crown land that is required for construction.

Project Start Date End Date
Contract 1: Gregoire Avenue, Aspen Crescent, Poplar Crescent May 2017 November 2017
Contract 2: Provincial Crown Land Lift Station and Piping, and Water Resevoir July 2017 November 2018
Contract 3: Force Main from Gregoire Lake Estates to Anzac July 2017 November 2018
Contract 4: Service Connections May 2019 Based on when residents choose to connect (25-year limit)

Janvier

Detailed design is ongoing. All remaining construction work is scheduled for completion between January 2017 and November 2018 with service connections starting in 2018-19.

Project Start Date End Date
Contract 1: Main Water and Sewer Line May 2017 November 2018
Contract 2: Lagoon and Outfall Pipe January 2017 November 2017
Contract 3: Service Connections May 2018 Based on when residents choose to connect (25-year limit)

Saprae Creek

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

An open house about the detailed design is scheduled for September 15, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Vista Ridge, 1 Spruce Valley Drive in Saprae Creek. The municipality will provide an update and subject matter experts will be on hand to answer questions. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. For more information call Janine Kruse at 780-588-3735.

Project Start Date End Date
Contract 1: Freestone Way and Saprae Crescent May 2018 November 2018
Contract 2: Community Lane, Sol Park Drive and Weiss Drive May 2017 November 2018
Contract 3: Sommer Way, Spruce Valley Gate, Evergreen Place, Conifer Way and Spruce Valley Drive May 2017 November 2018
Contract 4: Force Main and Gravity Main May 2017 November 2018
Contract 5: Service Connections May 2019 Based on when residents choose to connect (25-year limit)

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