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Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership Water/Wastewater Studies Initiative

Grant Procedures Manual




To assist Alberta municipalities with the review and/or identification of their water/wastewater needs under the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership.

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Time frame

This is an ongoing initiative implemented on April 1, 1991.

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Project eligibility criteria

Municipal eligibility

Funding under this initiative is available to all municipalities with a population of 10,000 or less, that are eligible for funding under the AMWWP.

Project eligibility

Funding may be available for the following types of studies, subject to a detailed assessment of eligibility by the department:

  1. Preliminary engineering assessments to review and identify water and wastewater upgrading requirements to existing systems which may then be incorporated into short-term and long-term capital work plans.

Such studies should do the following:

  • Investigate the need for the project.
  • Demonstrate cost-effectiveness of the recommended alternative.
  • Establish a priority for implementation.
  • Examine affordability of the improvements.
  • Examine methods of financing the municipal share of the costs.
  • Examine ways to encourage water conservation and consumption based rate structures.
   b.   Engineering studies which help to establish a five-year   capital works program for water and wastewater improvements.

Such studies should do the following:

  • Outline the necessary improvements for each year of the five-year plan.
  • Estimate the improvement costs.
  • Present the plan in such a way that annual updates can be undertaken.

All services engaged under this Initiative must be from the private sector.

NOTE: The department is not automatically committed to fund any projects identified as a result of studies conducted under this Initiative.

Associated costs

Funding may be available for associated costs which can include:

  1. Engineering costs.
  2. Survey fees.
  3. Well exploration & testing costs.

4.3.4 NON-Eligible Items

The following will not be considered eligible for funding:

  1. Municipal labour and equipment.
  2. Administration expenses (i.e. all municipal employee salaries or council member salaries, office administration costs, etc.).
  3. Annual updates of five-year capital works program studies produced under this Initiative.
  4. Goods and Services Tax.

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Funding availability

Municipalities subject to this initiative are eligible for funding on the same cost-sharing basis as under the AMWWP.

The final grant will be based on actual study costs to an upset limit established at the time of funding approval.

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Municipalities wishing to use available funding under this initiative will generally follow AMWWP procedure as outlined previously.

Applications under this initiative should include the following:

  1. A letter requesting funding.
  2. A copy of the engineering proposal.
  3. An implementation schedule.
  4. An upset limit of estimated costs.

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Updated December 2013


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