By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Kneehill County councillors want more information from their staff and directly from “Three Hills east” area residents before moving forward with any water system work. 

Councillors had an intense discussion at their July 20 regular meeting on the issue.

Council heard a report from John McKiernan, manager of environmental services, on water delivery options for residents who live in the county east of the Town of Three Hills, and he noted council passed a resolution that staff do so. 

McKiernan’s report listed five options for council to consider, reminding councillors the county recently conducted a mail-out public consultation on this issue.

Option A proposed the county “Engineer, construct, and operate a water system that encompasses the previously defined Three Hills east area” with a price tag of up to $11.2 million. 

Option B proposed the county “Engineer, construct and operate a water system that services only the positive responses from the survey that was administered” with a price tag not that much different from option A at up to $8.3 million.

Option C proposed the county “Engineer, construct and operate a stand-alone bulk water station for the residents in that area to have a place that potable water is available” with a price tag of up to $3.2 million.

Option D proposed “Water delivery provided by the county” with the cost of a truck up to $300,000 plus other costs. 

Option E proposed “Water delivery provided by a contractor” which McKiernan noted could cost up to $350 per trip based on the county’s previous experiences.

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