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Carrot River holds grand opening for $3.6 million water treatment plant

Now online, the plant uses a reverse osmosis system
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Carrot River’s Mayor Roman Charko cuts a ribbon on Carrot River’s new water treatment plant. From left, Collin Field, Carrot River’s public works and utilities supervisor; Mayor Charko; Dawson Irvine, Carrot River’s public works and utilities operator; Brennan Hall, town administrator; and Ray Teale, town foreman.

CARROT RIVER — With Carrot River’s new water treatment plant operational over the summer, the town held a grand opening in October, providing facility tours and a chance for the community to see the full $3.6 million project.

Brennan Hall, Carrot River’s administrator, called it a “cast off” on a project a long time coming.

“It’s for people to be able to look inside the plant and see the stuff just so they’re aware of what kind of technology is actually used for their water,” Hall said.

“It took a little longer than we thought it would, I’m just really thankful that everyone was patient with us through the process.”

The project, initially planned to be completed in March, was funded under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program in 2018. Under the grant, it received $1.2 million from the federal government and up to 33 per cent of the total cost from the province. The remainder was the responsibility of the town.

Now online, the plant uses a reverse osmosis system which is a water purification process that uses a semi-permeable membrane to remove minerals and other particles from drinking water.

When the system first came online, Hall said if someone noticed changes to their water’s colouration, pressure or taste not to panic, as the water will still be safe to use in all aspects.

The grand opening was held on Oct. 13.