Lab tests done for Aldergrove pipeline

There is no firm date for the water to be switched on.

The long-delayed East Langley Water Project has completed all but one of its final checks before being connected to Aldergrove.

The last step will be a flush of the system at full operating velocities, said Kevin Larsen, Township manager of water resources.

After that, the Township needs to get a permit from Fraser Health.

The water can then be turned on.

The final flush is planned for next week, Larsen said.

The system has passed pressure tests and has been disinfected and passed bacterial tests, said Larsen.

After repeated last-minute delays, Township officials are reluctant to name a date for the water to be turned on.

In late March, the project was said to be “days” away from being finished, but more issues cropped up.

Work was originally scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2014.

Multiple problems, including seal failures, caused long delays. That led to anger among residents living along the pipeline route, who saw work crews repeatedly digging up roads or even working on their property for months longer than anticipated.

The cost overruns for the project are expected to be borne by the contractor.

The East Langley Water Project began because Aldergrove and the Gloucester industrial area rely on a numerous local wells.

With the new link, water from Metro Vancouver will supplement that and reduce the amount pumped from local aquifers.

 

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