The Corporation of Delta is looking to add an emergency drinking water supply source for South Delta.
Last week Delta put out a request for proposals for a feasibility study to evaluate a groundwater well in Diefenbaker Park. The study will assess the ground conditions, if there is available groundwater and the potential available flow and water quality from the groundwater.
If the groundwater is found to be suitable, estimates would be prepared related to the construction of a well for an emergency potable water source should there be a significant disruption to Delta’s water distribution system, such as a major seismic event.
Late last year municipal staff applied for senior government funding for the initial stages of the project. Funding was approved in March, with a total project budget of $49,500 to be shared equally between Delta and the provincial and federal governments.
According to Delta staff, it’s anticipated the feasibility report will be completed by the end of the year. If the idea proves to be feasible from both an emergency water supply and cost basis, design of the facility could start in 2018. Construction could also start later in 2018 or 2019 subject to Delta council approval.