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Water Today Title November 25, 2017

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It has been recently announced that the hamlet of Bragg Creek, AB will receive funding from the Building Canada Fund to build water infrastructure which will connect the community to potable water. This comes as a relief to a community that has lived under a boil water advisory for the past 12 years. Bragg Creek is a tiny community, under the jurisdiction of Rocky View County, that lies south of Calgary.

WaterToday spoke with the county reeve, Rolly Ashdown, about the project and what it means for the hamlet. Ashdown has been reeve for the county for the past 2 years and said his efforts and that of his predecessor to secure the funding for the project stretch back at least 4 years.

The problem with the water stems from the areas shallow water table that the local wells all draw from. The wells are so shallow that their quality cannot be guaranteed to contain trace amounts of sewage seepage from local septic fields. So the purpose of the infrastructure project is to draw water from the Elbow River through a treatment plant and then distribute it out to the local houses and business. The community, with help from the province, has managed to build the treatment plant already. The new funding will go to creating an underground distribution system to supply residents with potable water.

"[The Building Canada Fund] works by making investments in public infrastructure owned by provincial, territorial and municipal governments, and in certain cases, private sector and non-profit organizations. Funding is allocated to each province and territory based on population." It was introduced by the Harper government as part of its Economic Action plan to help deal with Canada's growing federal-municipal infrastructure funding gap as well as promote economic growth and jobs.

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