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Like many municipalities in Alberta, Drayton Valley has experienced a large growth in population and civic development. This growth, while generating positive benefits, placed inevitable stress on existing infrastructure. Such is the case of the former Drayton Valley Water Treatment Plant, an aging facility that was beginning to deteriorate. Following a large mechanical failure in 2014, the former treatment plant was shut down and a boil water was put in place--a new facility was needed, and quickly.


The new facility demonstrates long-term efficiency and safeguards water quality in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly way. From the design’s initial conception, the building was envisioned as a “Centre of Excellence” for the town. The building integrates harmoniously with the surrounding landscape and the people of the Drayton Valley community, rendering an essential infrastructure facility into a public amenity.


A beautiful blue design reminiscent of waves covers the exterior walls of the Treatment Plant. Tall windows allow visitors and educational tour participants to explore the mechanisms and processes of the facility. The south wall features solar panels that provide energy for the plant’s water treatment operations. The exterior green space is crossed by meandering pathways, a large pond, benches, and gardens featuring native plant life and flowers. Significant funding from FCM's Green Municipal Plan supports a very energy-efficient Water Treatment Plant.

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