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Schuler gets nearly $600,000 grant for waterline

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The Government of Alberta is funding critical water projects across Alberta as part of the ongoing commitment to provide clean drinking water and wastewater treatment to rural Albertans.

The $131 million in funding through the Water for Life (W4L) and the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP) grant programs will support 29 projects across the province.
This includes a $599,441 W4L grant to the Hamlet of Schuler for engineering and design work for the replacement of an existing waterline. This will result in access to clean drinking water to meet the needs of this community in the future, supporting future growth and healthy families.
Quick facts
• Budget 2017 invests $474 million in Water for Life and Alberta Municipal Water and Wastewater Partnership grant programs over four years to support smaller communities and regional projects in rural Alberta.
• These projects are part of our government’s commitment to improve the quality of life for rural Albertans.
• Today, nearly $200 million is being invested in new and existing water projects, with $131 million from Alberta Transportation clean water and wastewater treatment grants and more than $632,000 in provincial Municipal Sustainability Initiatives funding:
• 22 new water projects with total eligible costs of $194 million to be built in several provincial constituencies across most of Alberta, from Milk River (constituency - Cardston-Taber-Warner) to Dixonville (constituency – Peace River). The province will contribute more than $127 million for these projects.
• Seven previously approved projects across southern Alberta communities that require additional funding, with total eligible costs of $5.4 million. The province will contribute $4.4 million for these cost revisions that are based on scope or cost changes.
• This funding is over three years, based on the construction timelines of the projects, These are pay-on-progress programs.
Project guidelines are as follows:
Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP)
• AMWWP assists eligible Alberta municipalities with the construction of priority water supply and treatment, and wastewater treatment and disposal facilities.
• Under AMWWP, grant levels start at 75 per cent up to a population of 1,000 and decline thereafter to “0” at 45,000.
• The program is available to municipalities in Alberta:
• cities with an official population under 45,000;
• towns;
• villages;
• summer villages;
• eligible hamlets within counties, municipal districts, Métis settlements, the Special Areas, and improvement districts; and
• regional commissions.
Water for Life (W4L)
• Regionalization of water supply systems started in the 1960s in the Edmonton area. In 2004, Alberta Environment and Parks completed a comprehensive province–wide risk assessment report of municipal waterworks systems that identified options for communities, such as individual plant upgrades, regional water pipelines, remote facility monitoring and technical support, and regional operational consortiums.
• There is a higher capital cost to implement regional systems, but in the long–term, regional systems provide the best overall benefit.
• The W4L initiative was initiated on April 5, 2006 and is an ongoing program.
• The objective is to support the development of new regional water and wastewater systems under AMWWP that are more cost–effective and/or environmentally desirable than independent systems.
• The W4L strategy initiative is available only to new regional water or wastewater systems or to new extensions of existing regional water or wastewater systems (to service new customers).
• Commissions/municipalities are required to demonstrate the regional alternative is cost effective and economically justified compared to alternative facility solutions. Environmental requirements, efficiencies in management, and operational practices are also taken into account. Pipelines for new regional systems (water or wastewater) are funded at 90 per cent

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