Province needs to help town find water
Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 06:00 am
Okotoks has not reached the critical point with itís water supply, but that doesnít mean it may not need a little help to get by until itís able to turn on the taps to a water pipeline from Calgary.
Itís time for the provincial government to step up and help the Town of Okotoks by providing a temporary relief over the short-term.
Town council heard last week Okotoks started 2014 with 307 serviced lots to build new single-family homes. Itís enough land to supply continued growth for more than a year. The Town is not approving new subdivisions until it can find new water sources.
It needs to be noted, the Town isnít at risk of seeing construction grind to a halt. The Town is still looking to acquire new water licences to let it keep growing over the next few years. As well, developer United Communities is helping the Town find a water licence to allow it to expand Drake Landing.
While the Town is working on a proposal to build a water pipeline from Calgary, it will be a few years before one can be built.
In the meantime, the Town is continuing to look for options to get it through the next few years, including borrowing a water licence or a temporary water licence that will let it continue to grow.
A pipeline is the ultimate solution everyone is waiting for, but itís time for the provincial government to show some leadership and come up with options that will get Okotoks through the next few year.