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Water and Sanitary Infrastructure Upgrades Wrap Up for the Season

As work continues to modernize infrastructure, City thanks everyone for their patience

Post Date:11/20/2018 1:31 PM

Medicine Hat – The City’s Environmental Utilities Department is wrapping up work on a number of major water and sanitary sewer infrastructure upgrades for 2018. 

“Since water and sanitary sewer infrastructure runs underground, these projects usually require road closures and detours. We’d like to thank residents and businesses for their patience and understanding while contractors have been at work across the city on behalf of Environmental Utilities,” says Brian Murphy, General Manager of the City’s Environmental Utilities Department. “Upgrading water and sanitary infrastructure ensures that these systems are sustainable into the future and continue to provide safe, reliable and effective service.  Replacing aging water and sanitary sewers is important work that will continue across the system for years to come.” 

While most of these projects are wrapping up for the season, some minor work such as landscaping and trail restoration will be completed in 2019.  Other work, such as projects on 6th Street and 5th Avenue SE, will be carrying on next year. To ensure safe travel for motorists, some of these streets may have temporary paving for winter. 

Major projects include:

Replacement of water and sanitary sewer mains (many up to 100-years-old)

  • 7th Street NE 
  • 2nd Avenue NE
  • Division and 8th Street NE
  • 4th and 5th Street SW
  • 6 St & 5 Ave SE

Other major infrastructure replacement and rehabilitation

  • Carry Drive rehabilitation of sanitary sewer lines through lining
  • Crescent Heights Lift Station work to complete the installation of a new sanitary sewer lift station
  • Brier Park sanitary sewer bypass trunk main installation

“While we are wrapping work up for the season on 2018 projects, some minor work will be completed next year.  We also anticipate starting work on other areas requiring water and sanitary sewer upgrades in 2019,” notes Murphy. “In many cases we coordinate water and sanitary sewer replacement projects with road upgrades or gas line replacement for greater efficiency, less disruption and lower overall costs.”

In addition to these major projects, Environmental Utilities carries out ongoing maintenance and responds to emergency repairs on a daily basis, underscoring the value of replacing old pipes – sometimes over100 years old – with new, robust infrastructure. 

In 2018 water and sewer replacement, projects completed by EU resulted in upgrades to over 2,600 metres of water main and over 4,500 metres of sanitary sewer, including 2,400 metres along Carry Drive that was lined internally.  Ongoing water and sanitary sewer replacement program and new projects will be identified in the upcoming 2019 budget. 

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For more information:

Brian Murphy, General Manager
Environmental Utilities

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