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Posted: November 21, 2017

Sparwood drilling for water

The District of Sparwood has commenced work on locating a new community drinking water supply, near Cummings Creek.

Work is proceeding, funded by Teck, in consultation with the Interior Health Authority and regulations of the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy.

An Environmental Assessment Report joint submission by the district and Teck earlier this fall included the replacement of Well #3. Wells #1 and #2 remain unaffected Teck has agreed to reimburse the cost of constructing a replacement well and the related infrastructure. The district and Teck are taking a proactive approach to securing a sustainable independent water source not influenced by mining activities.

The work will continue in 2018 with construction of the well pump station, water transmission mains along the east side of Highway 43 and up Sparwood Heights Drive to the old Ski Hill. Additional work on the south side of the Elk River will be completed near the Elk River Crossing Pedestrian Bridge up to Western Larch to ensure the District of Sparwood can transfer water from the new source to all properties on the south side of the Elk River.

“We appreciate Teck’s Commitment to ensuring our water supply is safe from the influence of mining activities and by going to an independent aquifer, fed from the Cummings Creek watershed, we will have the ability to meet Sparwood’s water needs into the future,” said Mayor Cal McDougall.

To learn more about this project, please visit the Sparwood website.

District of Sparwood

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