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STRATFORD – The town officially opens the Fullerton’s Creek well field on MacIntosh Drive in Reeves Estates Thursday.
The need for a new well field was identified as part of the town’s ongoing water and sewer servicing strategy.
The project involved the installation of two new production wells in a location that would allow the town to purchase and regulate the surrounding property in order to provide a protected water supply to residents in Stratford.
Coun. Emile Gallant, chairman of the town’s infrastructure committee, said they wanted to create some redundancy.
“In recent years, there has been tremendous growth in the Town of Stratford, although the current water supply system was capable of handling this increased demand there was concern that the system required some redundancy in case a problem arose with one of the current fields,’’ Gallant said.
After council determined a new well field was required, the town initiated an exploration program. Locations were tested to determine a site that met provincial regulations. With help from the province and the federal government’s Build Canada Fund, the project cost $2.6 million.
The town purchased 140 acres of land from private landowners to allow for a protection zone. Money came from the town’s water capital contribution fee which is collected from all departments. Another project is underway to gather suggestions from residents for developing potential uses of the space while the town itself is consulting with Derek French Professional Services.
Mayor David Dunphy said the project was completed in accordance with initiatives such as the town’s water safety plan, sustainability plan and water conservation efforts.
In addition, the control building at the site was designed and built following Green Globe guidelines to ensure the building aligns with the town’s sustainability vision.
The town brought the new production wells on line with Stratford’s water system in early fall.