County exploring options for Rosebud water facility replacement

Strathmore Standard

Wheatland County, at its Jan. 24 Municipal Committee meeting, made recommendations to council?s Feb. 1 meeting to explore options for a Rosebud water facility replacement.

Rosebud residents are on a boiled water order following a Jan. 11 explosion that destroyed the Rosebud water reservoir storage tank, causing the lid of the potable water reservoir tank to become loose thus exposing the water to the elements.

A Wheatland County operator sustained what was described as substantial injuries to his face, hands and arms.

Russell Drummond, lead utility operator with Wheatland County, said Jan. 28 the county had set up a temporary facility for its water facility at Rosebud.

?We got a structure in place and we have four 1,600 gallon tanks that we have chlorinated and set up to feed water to the town,? Drummond said.

Drummond said he would be filling the tanks with water on the weekend and obtaining bacteriological tests this week for the local health unit to check out.

?At that point, they may lift the boiled water order if all the tests come back good,? Drummond said, adding that because there was a boiled water order issued, due to the destruction of the tank and exposure of the water to the elements, it (the boiled water order) will not be lifted ?until we can prove the water is safe.?

He said the operator injured in the explosion is ?on the mend and at home.?

Meanwhile, Wheatland County?s Municipal Committee heard an update on the Rosebud water reservoir and the engineering report reviewing the damages caused by an explosion to the water tank.

Division 6 councilor, Glenn Koester, recommended that the county explore the options for a provincial grant to replace the existing water facility structure in Rosebud and proceed with an engineering study for the replacement of the facility.

Koester also recommended that, due to the recent disruption of water services to the hamlet of Rosebud and the boil water order, the metered consumption charges on the utility billing to the Rosebud residents for the month of January be waived.

Council?s municipal committee makes recommendations to Wheatland County Council where council can either approve or defeat the recommendation. Council met Feb. 1.

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