Town officials have confirmed work will resume on the wastewater line twinning as early as Nov. 13.
"While the investigation into the water/wastewater incident is ongoing, all parties are eager to continue with the project as tendered to minimize risk of project cost escalatons and system failure,” states Cochrane CAO Mike Derricott in a town news release.
Failure to do so could result in significant cost escalations, continued risk of the existing line failing, and potential legal risk, he states.
There will remain a number of construction impacts throughout the course of the project, most notably pedestrian pathway detours, partial parking lot closures of the Riverfront Park and Zero Gravity Skate Park, and partial closure of the disc golf course in Riverfront Park.
Drilling operations are expected to be complete in early 2024 and the maintenance of the existing syphon pipeline will commence in spring 2024.
Mid-morning on Nov. 10, the town confirmed the anticipated lifting of Level III water restrictions and the resumption of water services to homes in Riverside Place.
It was welcomed news by those who rely upon purchasing water from the town's bulk station, located in the town's operation centre, 124 Griffin Rd E. The bulk station was temporarily closed when the level 3 restrictions were imposed. Those utilizing the service were required to travel to bulk stations elsewhere, predominantly Calgary and Airdrie.
The removal of temporary road closures on Riverview Dr., Westrock Rd, and Westside Dr. were also confirmed.
The town has also officially deactivated the Emergency Coordination Centre. Questions or concerns related to the water/wastewater incident can be directed to town ops reception.
The syphon is a $7.1 million project.