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March 22, 2004
Cost-sharing program provides $15M for municipal water, wastewater projects
EDMONTON, ALTA-A water treatment plant expansion for Whitecourt, a pump station and reservoir for Grande Prairie and a reservoir and pump station for Okotoks are among the 30 communities and projects receiving approximately $15 million in Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership grants. "The partnership ensures that Albertans have access to safe water and adequate wastewater treatment," said Transportation Minister Ed Stelmach. "The program also responds to the pressures smaller communities face when delivering quality water/wastewater services." The cost-shared program, administered by Alberta Transportation, helps pay for municipal water supply/treatment and wastewater treatment/disposal projects, providing up to 75% of the project cost. Funding is provided to municipalities with populations under 45,000, including cities, towns, villages, summer villages, regional commissions and eligible hamlets within rural municipalities. Project proposals are submitted to Alberta Transportation for approval under the program. Once the project is approved, the municipality manages and oversees all aspects of the project. The program encourages water conservation and consumption-based rate structures. The next round of project approvals will be announced later this year. The partnership program has provided more than $1 billion in grants over the past 20 years.