Montrose water well drilling complete

Robbin’s Engineering has just finished drilling the new water well for the Village of Montrose

Water, water everywhere and not an “unboiled” drop to drink.

2012 has been all about water as the Village of Montrose has struggled with a costly water main break, and the monumental task of drilling a new well and creating a chlorination facility to begin lifting the boil water advisory in the community.

Robbin’s Engineering has just finished drilling the new water well for the village, Mayor Joe Danchuk confirmed last week.

The village is a couple of weeks behind on the project, he said, but the tender for the construction of the pump house will be going out this week.

“That is progressing well and we’re hoping for around April for it to be completed,” he said. “They will be working through the winter.”

The footings for the chlorination facility should be in by late fall and work is expected to continue through to spring.

More than one year ago the Village of Montrose issued a boil water advisory because test results indicated low levels of total coliforms—a commonly used bacterial indicator of sanitary quality of foods and water—a verdict that sentenced residents with water that did not meet the BC Drinking Water

In 2011 the Village of Montrose spent roughly $17,000 on water tests to prepare for the new well and a chlorination facility in the area. Features of the new well and chlorination facility include a flow meter and state of the art communications.

The new facility means a $1.3 million reduction in infrastructure costs that would have otherwise been borne by Montrose village taxpayers—thanks to a $1.3-million Gas Tax Fund grant.

A “Water Condition Normal Notice” will be issued when the drinking water official is satisfied the drinking water quality meets the standard for total coliforms.