The newly commissioned Miltonvale Water Supply Project is now fully functional and in operation, increasing the City of Charlottetown’s water supply capacity by 25 percent and better positioning the Capital to handle future water demands.
The project received support from the Government of Canada and Province of Prince Edward Island through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund in the amount of $2.8 million for the mechanical and electrical work ($1.4 million Federal; $700,000 Provincial; $700,000 Municipal) and $5.2 million for the transmission and distribution lines ($2.6 million Federal; $1.3 million provincial; $1.3 million Municipal).
“Today we can officially say that water is flowing into the City of Charlottetown from our new wellfield. It has been a long time coming and is the direct result of the hard work of our staff, the support of Council and funding from our government partners,” said City of Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. “Our water resource management and service to the Capital City is much more sustainable with the completion of this infrastructure. We want to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all involved in making this a reality.”
“The Government of Canada is proud to celebrate the completion of the Miltonvale Water Supply Project which will provide clean drinking water to residents of Charlottetown. Together with our partners, we are protecting the long-term health and prosperity of the people in our communities for generations to come,” said Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
The newly commissioned wellfield, located on an 80-hectare parcel of land just north of Charlottetown, is designed to provide up to 80 litres per second from a network of five groundwater wells. The project included nearly four kilometres of 500-millimetre diameter transmission mains to deliver the water into the city. A 100-kilowatt solar photovoltaic installation is included in the project to demonstrate the use of renewable energy production for water supply. The system design includes disaster resilience measures including on-site electricity production and underground wiring for the wells closest to the hurricane rated control building.
“This new wellfield, in additional to our water conservation measures, means we’re in a better position to handle future water demands. However, it should be noted that the City continues to promote water conservation and that the planning for the next wellfield is already underway because secure water supply is paramount to the wellbeing of residents,” said Deputy Mayor Mike Duffy, Chair of the City’s Water and Sewer Utility Committee. “Serving as the Chair of our Environment and Sustainability Committee, I’m also very pleased that part of the power for this wellfield will be generated through a renewable source.”
“The province of Prince Edward Island was pleased to invest in this infrastructure project to secure a sustainable water supply for the City of Charlottetown. I commend the City of Charlottetown and its residents for their successful conservation efforts and for their water resource management. By working together, Prince Edward Islanders can make big things happen,” said Richard Brown, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment.
For more information on the City’s water supply, as well as tips on conserving water, visit: https://www.charlottetown.ca/resident_services/water_services/conservation_tips_and_programs
For information on the Clean Water and Wastewater fund, visit: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/transportation-infrastructure-and-energy/clean-water-and-waste-water-fund
Left to right: Minister Richard Brown, Mayor Clifford Lee, Premier Wade MacLauchlan, MP Sean Casey