The water woes facing Charlottetown won’t be a problem across the river in Stratford any time soon thanks to a new well field.
Stratford Mayor David Dunphy says the new well field, which is the town’s third, was developed to protect Stratford’s other water supplies in case something happened to them.
“Plus as the town grows it’s better to...spread the risk in terms of the well fields and the additional water supply here.”
Although the new water source went online in the fall, the official ribbon cutting was only held recently at the well field on MacIntosh Drive where the town bought 140 acres of land to create a protection zone for the new water supply.
Installing two new well fields cost $2.6 million and was cost-shared equally between the province, the federal government and the town.
The land purchase was separate and paid for through a water capital contribution fee Stratford collects on all developments.
Work on the project started last year to run the necessary pipes and construction finished earlier this year on the building that houses equipment necessary to operate the wells.
While there wasn’t an urgent need to develop the new wells at the MacIntosh Drive field, Dunphy said Stratford’s other well fields were at about 79 per cent capacity.
“With these two new wells here at the third site it gets us plenty of capacity for the next 20 years,” he said.
With 140 acres available for use at the well field, Dunphy said there is opportunity for future growth.
Along with the new wells, the town plans to work on water conservation measures to ensure there is less stress on Stratford’s water supply, he said.
“We had plenty of supply to begin with, but we’re looking forward to making sure we had adequate (water supply).”