Swan River upgrading lagoon, and Big Lakes County is ready to help

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

Big Lakes County is supporting Swan River First Nation on an upgrade to the community’s wastewater lagoon.

At its May 8 meeting, county council agreed to provide Swan River access to its Faust lagoon at no charge, up to a maximum of five loads per week, during the next four months.

Council heard the loads would be from Swan River rural area, not Kinuso or the Swan River urban area next to Kinuso. Wastewater from those areas are being piped to the anaerobic cell, the county’s Director of Operations, Kevin Cymbaluk told council.

The county is a 25 per cent partner in the upgrade project, council heard. Nu Edge Construction of Camrose has been contracted to complete the work. The lagoon serves both the county and rural Swan River properties.

A long-term agreement is in place for shared water and wastewater services between the county and the First Nation.

A signing ceremony was held on April 19.

Allowing Faust access to SRFN will keep traffic away from the construction site, Cymbaluk said.

The Swan River lagoon project is intended to replace the existing high-density polyethylene liner in the cell and install additional measures to prevent future ‘whaling,’ according to a Feb. 29 report.

Whaling refers to the blistering of large portions of liner, which then appear above the surface.

De-sludging work of anaerobic cells is part of the project. Work is scheduled to be complete by September, Cymbaluk said.

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