Council for the RM of Hanover is concerned a large cut to the Water Services Board's budget from the province, there may be a delay Kleefeld's water project.
Due to the high levels of barium in Kleefeld's water, the municipality has been working with the WSB to come up with a plan to provide residents with safer water. Originally, the plan was to install a pipeline from Grunthal to Kleefeld but studies have shown that it would simply cost too much. Deputy Reeve Bernie Stahn says the current plan is to access water north of Highway 52 where there is next to no barium in the water. Stahn adds council is concerned the project could be delayed.
"The Kleefeld water project is funded 50% by the Water Services Board and that board is facing a $3,000,000 reduction in its budget for 2018.Right now we're not sure how that affects that project. It is still a project that is supported by the Water Services Board but our plan is still to go ahead with it and hopefully sooner rather than later."
Stahn adds they're looking to pump water from north of Highway 52 to Kleefeld, chlorinate it then distribute it to the residents. He adds they hope these cuts won't delay the project and that they are high enough on the WSB's priority list that it can get going soon.
"It's hard to say because if they have less money to spend it will obviously mean less projects but I know our project has been in their cue for, I'm going to say a year to a year and a half already, so hopefully we are far enough up the line so that we won't get dropped off but obviously some projects will not be done."
There is currently no timeline for when the Kleefeld water project could potentially begin.