Bonanza - Bay Tree Water Supply Line Begins

Bonanza - Bay Tree Water Supply Line Project Begins
Posted on 09/25/2018

Updated 2018-11-02

Crews from Tri-Line Contracting Services are near completion of the main
water supply line from Bonanza to Bay Tree.

At the beginning of November drilling under Henderson Creek had begun. 

Future Opportunities


Possible future expansion of the rural potable water system is under consideration. For more information and to view maps of the areas under consideration simply click here.

Please contact the County office (780-864-3760) to obtain a copy of the Rural Water Servicing Policy & Agreement. There is no financial contribution required at the time of sign up.

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Using a directional drill the Tri-Line Contracting team are laying the pipeline under Henderson Creek to join up with the rest of the line which already extends from the south side of the creek to Bay Tree.

Drilling under Henderson Creek



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When Saddle Hills County Manager of Environmental Services Darren Lubeck and Dale Gour from Tri-Line Contracting Services talk about rural water it is with a passion for maintaining a lifestyle and building opportunities for the future in rural Alberta, which is infectious.

Both men have long histories with the delivery of potable water in the Central Peace and other rural areas of Northwestern Alberta. 

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Both men also get real enjoyment out of working with landowners, farmers and residents to make potable water more accessible.

“I look at it as not only maintaining the rural lifestyle we have but opening up opportunities for future growth so that rural communities like Saddle Hills County can retain their vibrant and meaningful culture and remain sustainable well into the future,” says Lubeck.

Gour echoes Lubeck’s comments and adds, “I’m finding that, as we work with local farmers and residents to get this mainline installed, the people of Saddle Hills County are a great bunch of people to work with.”

Tri-Line has been working along the pipeline route between Bonanza and Bay Tree since the beginning of September after the project was awarded to the company by Council. Using a non-intrusive cut and cover method, the Tri-Line team is able to cause the least amount of disturbance to the land as possible and move quickly, when conditions allow, to return the land to the state it was in before they dug.

 

$1.75 Million Project


waterThe contract, worth $1.75 million, involves sinking the main water supply line for the for the Bonanza to Bay Tree Rural Potable Water Project (Phase 1).

The supply line will allow for residents along the line to tap into it, once it is complete, and have potable water pumped directly into their homes or water cisterns.


The process involves cutting, trimming and fusing lengths of pipe in specially-designed pieces of equipment which produce a finished product which can then be buried into the ground.

Saddle Hills County offers residents a Water Cistern Subsidy which covers 75% of the cost associated with the purchase and installation of water cisterns and related expenses for a maximum subsidy of $5,000 per residence.

Saddle Hills County Council approved the Bonanza-Bay Tree Rural Potable Water Project (Phase 1) in February. An open house was held March 27, 2018 to communicate potable water plans to Bonanza / Bay Tree area residents and to provide an opportunity for the public to submit rural water servicing agreements.

The contract was then tendered and 11 bids were received ranging from $1.7 million to $3.8 million.

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As much as possible, Tri-line Contracting has been working with farmers to allow them to get crops off prior to any of the work Tri-line has to do.

 

Working Hand-in-Hand with Farmers


After the individual pieces of pipe are fused together to make a continuous length of pipe, the finished product is then buried into the ground with the use of special trenchers which dig a path wide enough to fit the pipeline, put pipeline into the ground and leave the soil which has been dug out of the ground beside the trench so that it can be re-filled and levelled afterwards.

The whole process is quick and clean and leaves many residents unfamiliar with the process quite surprised according to Gour.

“We really work hard to ensure there is as little disturbance as physically possible and that farmland is returned, as quickly as possible, to a state which will allow farmers to proceed with cultivating and making use of their land,” says Gour.

Finished

After the pipeline has been buried into the ground, Tri-line Contracting returns the land to as close to the way they found as possible.


 

Preventing Invasive Pest and Weed Infestation


A critical part of the project has been protection of farmland from invasive pests and weeds which can easily be transferred from one part of the province to another by means of machinery and equipment.

Saddle Hills County Agricultural Coordinator Dessa Nicholson performed a thorough inspection of Tri-line’s equipment and found no potential for infestation due the fact the company’s equipment was well-cleaned and free of any materials which could cause problems for local farmers.

 

“One of our main objectives through this whole process has been to leave the land, which we need to disturb in to order lay the pipeline, in as close to the way we found it as possible,” says Gour.

“We’ve had great relationships with local farmers,“ he says.

Maps



Future Opportunities


Possible future expansion of the rural potable water system is under consideration. For more information and to view maps of the areas under consideration simply click here.

Please contact the County office (780-864-3760) to obtain a copy of the Rural Water Servicing Policy & Agreement. There is no financial contribution required at the time of sign up.