A $6.4-million water treatment plant opened Friday in Killarney, sending fresh clean water to more than 2,000 families and businesses.
The cost for the project was shared between the province and the municipality, and includes a complete groundwater development study, construction of a well field, a 300-millimetre raw water pipeline and a new water plant with membrane treatment equipment.
The water plant now has an expanded reservoir capacity to improve Killarney’s firefighting capability, a membrane treatment system capable of treating 24 litres per second and increased distribution pumping capacity. The membrane system will soften the groundwater supply in an environmentally acceptable manner and eliminate the need for in-house softeners that discharge salt brine to the wastewater lagoon.
Killarney gets its water from nearby Killarney Lake, where surface water quality had been causing problems for the old plant. Severe algae blooms and organic debris have, in the past, caused poor local water quality.
The new plant is the result of a partnership between the province and the municipality.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 2, 2013