The Summer Village of Norris Beach had cause to celebrate July 7 as the brand new community wastewater system is up and running. The community gathered for a barbecue at the playground that afternoon.
Mayor Brian Keeler welcomed everyone to the gathering and said the wastewater system will have huge benefit to Norris Beach, located on the west side of Pigeon Lake. “I think it’s one of the greatest things,” said Keeler.
Keeler said the wastewater system is much cleaner than septic fields and contributes to the health of Pigeon Lake.
The mayor, who was joined by deputy mayor Terry Cronin and councilor Frank Dyck, plus CAO Sylvia Roy and village staff plus County of Wetaskiwin councilor Ken Adair, said the project took 14 years of work but it’s ready to go now; every sewage-generating property will have to be signed on to the system by Sept. 30, 2018.
The mayor pointed out the system would not have been possible without many different levels of government working together, citizen engagement and grant money.
Guests at the barbecue enjoyed cheeseburgers and celebratory cake.
Keeler noted he hopes to see nearby First Nations come on board as customers.