By Marianne Curtis
After six years, the province of Manitoba has finally lifted a boil water order that was imposed upon the community of Lorette.
On September 30, the province officially lifted a boil water order that has been in place in Lorette since July 2005.
Tache Mayor Bill Danychuk has confirmed that the taps have been turned on and the community now has access to safe drinking water.
“It has been a difficult few years for residents in Lorette,” explained Danylchuk. “Residents have been buying water and residents have been reluctant to use tap water for washing, drinking or even brushing their teeth.”
The RM of Tache spent $5.3 million on the construction a new water distribution center. The project included an upgrade of the water utility in the community by establishing of a new source well into the sandstone aquifer, construction of a new pumping station, and a 1M litre underground storage reservoir to be constructed on site.
Funding for the project was achieving partially through the Canada Manitoba Infrastructure Program for just over $1.7 million. The balance of funding came from the municipal reserve funds and through a borrowing bylaw.
Central upgrades included the establishment of fire hydrant services and associated gate valves throughout the local improvement district. The project also included extension of water lines to un-serviced streets and adds service connections to approximately 287 properties. The final phase of the project will be to decommission the retired community well to protect the aquifer.