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Saturday May 26, 2012 was a great day for the Community of Hudson’s Hope as they had the Grand Opening of their brand new water treatment facility.

Water is something that we all take for granted. We expect to have good water free from bacteria and any other harmful contaminants, but that is not always the case. Hudson’s Hope gets their water directly from the Peace River and it has had a very antiquated treatment facility for many years. The Community has had boil water alerts in the past and far too often they have had to be very concerned about their water situation.

In February of 2005 the Provincial Government established a Community Water Improvement Program and Hudson’s Hope was successful in securing a two thirds funding grant from the Province for the $ 1,460,000 project. For many different reasons the project didn’t get moved forward until June of 2011, when proposal calls went out for the engineering and construction of the treatment Plant.

The Engineering tender was won by L&M Engineering from Prince George, the supply and installation of the treatment plant went to B1 Pure Water of Surrey BC, the construction of the new building to house the treatment plant was won by Northern Legendary Construction of Ft St John and the contract for the water connections to the new plant was awarded to GTXcavating from Ft St John.

BK Woods of Prince George completed some modifications to the high lift pump station to ensure the supply flows matched the treatment plant capabilities and IDL Projects of Prince George completed repairs to the infiltration gallery to ensure the reliable water source.

The new treatment plant has a dual filtration ( both course and fine filtration) and dual barrier for disinfection ( sodium hypochlorite and UV disinfection). Hudson’s Hope has moved from some of the lowest quality potable water within the region to now having some of the best.

I want to congratulate the Mayor and Council of Hudson’s Hope and their fantastic staff for bringing this project together and completion on the budget that was established seven years ago.  I am sure that the community will be very proud of their new system for many years to come.

Pat Pimm, MLA,
Peace River North

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