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Fort Chipewyan Water Treatment Plant


Location: Fort Chipewyan, Alberta
Owner: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Architect: Associated Engineering
Contract Type: Stipulated Sum
Completion Date: September 2019
Project Value: $34.2M


Nestled on the northwest shore of Lake Athabasca, Fort Chipewyan is one of the most northern communities in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Isolated by nature, Fort Chipewyan can only be accessed by plane or boat in the summer and by a winter road in the winter. Established as a trading post in 1788 by the Northwest Trading Company, Fort Chipewyan is the oldest settlement in all of Alberta. More than 230 years later, trapping and fishing are still activities enjoyed by residents of Fort Chipewyan. It is in this idyllic setting where Penn-co Construction is expanding the Fort Chipewyan Water Treatment Plant.
This project includes a 12,500 square foot expansion of the existing water treatment plant as well as a water main through the community, a new intake pump house, and the decommissioning of the existing water treatment plant and pump house once the expansion is commissioned. Construction of the addition includes a 1.6 million liter underground concrete reservoir and a pre-engineered metal building. Once completed, this water treatment plant will serve two northern communities.

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