A project almost two decades in the making, the Town of Millet was finally able to hold the grand opening of the new Millet waterline on April 21.
Mayor Tony Wadsworth says Millet residents were first promised a waterline seven mayors and several councils ago.
During the grand opening ceremony, Wadsworth gave a special thank you to CAO Teri Pelletier and the Capital Region Southwest Water Services Commission.
When the town partnered with the commission two and a half years ago the waterline finally started to gain some traction, and Wadsworth says it was Pelletier who floated the idea to present the waterline to the commission. “It was through that initiative that we are here today.”
Approximately 27 kilometers of pipeline was used to bring North Saskatchewan River water to the residents of Millet.
Through the Water for Life program the provincial government paid 90 per cent of the $8 million project. “Without the Water for Life Program we would not be here today,” said Wadsworth.
“We must not forget to thank the residents of Millet for their patience in the matter,” he added.
John Schonewille, chair of the Capital Region Southwest Water Services Commission, attended the grand opening to bring congratulations to the Town of Millet.
“We’re all happy to share this celebration with the Town of Millet,” said Schonewille.
“On behalf of the water commission it is my great pleasure to recognize the successful completion,” he added.
Wetaskiwin-Camrose MLA Bruce Hinkley also attended the celebration, to reiterate the importance of the pipeline and the higher quality of water for Millet. “This pipeline, what it will mean for Millet, an opportunity for this town to grow and expand.”
The grand opening took place at Griffith-Scott Middle School, and after the ceremonial speeches Wadsworth and one student from each of Millet’s schools turned on the water in the street in front of the school using the fire hydrant.