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Members of RMWB Council joined by Alberta Transportation Minister and MLA for Fort Chipewyan Water Treatment Plant opening

(Fort Chipewyan, AB – September 18, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) has completed construction of a new water treatment plant and improvements to water infrastructure in Fort Chipewyan.  The Honourable Ric McIver, Alberta’s Minister of Transportation, MLA Tany Yao, Mayor Don Scott, members of Council and RMWB Administration joined community leaders in Fort Chipewyan today to celebrate completion of the project, a partnership between the Provincial and Municipal governments.  

“The new facility and upgrades will enhance water quality and service for the residents of Fort Chipewyan today and also provide additional capacity to meet the hamlet’s needs in the future,” said Mayor Don Scott. "The Municipality is committed to improving infrastructure in our communities and we are pleased to collaborate with the Government of Alberta in delivering this important project.”

“Our government is committed to providing high quality infrastructure to meet the needs of Albertans, and the Fort Chipewyan facility and upgrades will help one of our most remote northern communities maintain reliable access to clean drinking water today and in the future,” said Alberta Minister of Transportation, Ric McIver. “This was a complex project that included moving construction materials by river barge in the summer and over ice roads in the winter, and I’m pleased to see this necessary infrastructure come to completion for the people of Fort Chipewyan.” 

“I am very pleased to see the completion of this project,” said Tany Yao, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo. “Citizens deserve safe and reliable access to water and I am pleased to see this partnership between the Province and the Municipality that has also provided important water infrastructure to the residents of Fort Chipewyan.”

Work started in April 2016 to increase the size of the community’s fresh water reservoir, upgrade the pump houses and pipelines that bring fresh water to the plant, and refurbish the existing water treatment plant and distribution pump house.  The Province contributed $20 Million of the total cost of $37 Million.  Construction of the new water treatment plant finished in 2018, with overall project completion earlier this year.

For more information about this and other construction projects in the region visit rmwb.ca/engineering.

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