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Provincial ministers visit Okotoks to mark extra water funding

Mayor Tanya Thorn was joined by ministers RJ Sigurdson and Devin Dreeshen in Okotoks on Nov. 18.
Town of Okotoks operations and utilities director Jeremy Huet, Coun. Oliver Hallmark, Mayor Tanya Thorn, Minister of Transportation Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture RJ Sigurdson, Coun. Gord Lang and CAO Elaine Vincent pose on the Laurie Boyd Bridge over the Sheep River following a press conference on Nov. 18.

Okotoks Mayor Tanya Thorn was joined by RJ Sigurdson, Highwood MLA and agriculture minister, and Devin Dreeshen, minister of transportation and economic corridors, on Nov. 18 to mark the allocation of additional grant funding from the province for the Foothills Okotoks Regional Water Project.

In October, it was announced that the Government of Alberta was increasing funding for the project that will carry water from the Bow River to water treatment facilities in Okotoks and Foothills County.

"The project will provide long term water supply to the town, which is urgently required to address obvious growth pressures here in beautiful Okotoks," Dreeshen said on Nov. 18.

The $14.2 million in additional funding is on top of the province's original contribution of nearly $16 million that was announced in 2022 through the Water for Life program.

"This funding ensures Okotoks, and the region, has the water infrastructure it needs now, and well into the future," Sigurdson said.

The pipeline is expected to be operational by August of 2025.

"These additional funds will allow Okotoks to continue to attract businesses, residents and tourists to our community," Thorn said.

Robert Korotyszyn

About the Author: Robert Korotyszyn

Robert Korotyszyn covers Okotoks and Foothills County news for and the Western Wheel newspaper. For story tips contact [email protected]
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