Langley Township is making an investment in infrastructure that will ensure the Aldergrove community has safe, clean, and sustainable water for decades to come.
On April 23, Township Council passed the 2012 budget, which includes construction of the East Langley Water Supply Project, a new pipeline that will connect to the Greater Vancouver Water District (GVWD) water system.
Aldergrove’s and Gloucester’s water is from wells. Long-term monitoring has shown the Aldergrove wells are not sustainable.
“Bringing new, reliable, and long-term water from Metro Vancouver will protect the existing aquifers,” said Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese.
“We are investing in our future and it will pay off significantly in the long run. We pride ourselves on the excellent quality of life our residents enjoy, and ensuring they have reliable, sustainable water is an essential part of meeting those expectations.”
Greater Vancouver Water District water will be piped in to Aldergrove through Murrayville, and additional connections will give other rural areas access to sustainable water.
All of Langley will also benefit from water projects that will ensure a dependable water supply for decades to come. The Township’s share of the Barnston/Maple Ridge Pump Station, which will also enhance Aldergrove wells and aquifers, is featured in the 2012 budget, as are upgrades to the Labonte Crescent Watermain near Trinity Western University, which will improve water supplies in that community.
Froese said that council and staff worked together to create a 2012 budget that focuses on one of council’s top priorities – safety. The Township is working with the Ministry of Transportation to improve Mufford Crescent, 64 Avenue, and Highway #10. The 2012 budget includes two million dollars in road improvements that will help ensure the area is safe.
“Council is pleased that these projects will not be paid through property taxes,” added Froese.
The water utility projects will be repaid through available water utility funds and road safety improvements have been earmarked through the transportation utility.
· The East Langley Water Supply Project has been identified as the top infrastructure priority for the Township.
· It will include about 14 kilometres of trunk water main and construction of a larger booster pump station.
· Studies have shown that the best way to increase a water source’s capacity and provide security is through multiple points of connection.
· The East Langley Water Supply will be installed from the Greater Vancouver Water District to Aldergrove and Gloucester through Murrayville.
· Additional connections will be provided at Milner, Murrayville, and Gloucester.
· The project will allow for future connections along the Fraser Highway and into the Salmon River Uplands, including the Tall Timbers and Acadia water systems.