(File photo)

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Town of Stettler’s 53 Street water project breaks ground

The Town of Stettler has broken ground on a major new project.

A two-phase water main-replacement project on 53 Street broke ground on May 24 with work to continue through the summer.

The goal of the project is to remove cast-iron water mains and lead water-service pipes to residences on 53 Street between 48 and 51 Avenues.

With the below ground work scheduled to be completed this summer, most of the trenches will be allowed to settle over winter before paving in 2023. One section, the intersection at 50 Avenue and 53 Street will be paved in 2022 due to high volumes of traffic.

“The Town of Stettler is focusing efforts to reduce the amount of lead and cast-iron water mains in our community,” director of operations Melissa Robbins said in a media release.

“This year, 53 Street will have all cast iron water mains and lead services replaced up to property lines to help keep the water provided to homes as safe and health as possible.”

According to the town, efforts are being made to reduce traffic impacts through the area but some are likely to occur. The town will attempt to keep residents updated as the work continues.

The total anticipated cost for the prject is $950,000.

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