Athalmer Water Well Supply Project
The District of Invermere (DOI) has identified groundwater
as an advantageous water source to supplement the District's
surface water supply provided by Goldie Creek and Paddy Ryan
Lakes. The new groundwater supply provides increased drinking
water needed for community growth and as an alternative supply
if drought conditions or contamination affect the District's
existing supply. As part of the long-term strategy to add
a groundwater source to Invermere's existing water supply,
a groundwater exploration program was initiated in 2000. This
study aimed to find an adequate groundwater source in the
Athalmer area. Ultimately, the well site located at the intersection
of Sifton Street and Fourth Avenue in Athalmer proved to be
the highest-yield and lowest-risk available groundwater source.
As a result, the District prepared a plan to develop this
well and build the infrastructure necessary to use it as a
potable water source for the District.
Athalmer Water Well and Reservoir -
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The new groundwater supply not only provides additional water
for the growth in the District, but the location of the new
reservoir ensures that most of Invermere will have an alternate
and secure water supply source in the future. In addition,
the reservoir site provides room for expansion, if necessary,
in the future.
The watermain constructed from the Athalmer well to the new
reservoir has been built large enough to allow for additional
groundwater supply to the system in the future as required.
The new water supply aims to improve the potential water
flow for firefighting in the downtown area of Invermere.
The construction project required to develop the Athalmer
groundwater well for use by the District included:
- Developing the well in Athalmer including the supply and
installation of well pumps, complete with controls and piping;
- Construction of a water main from the well to the proposed
reservoir site at the future sports field site located west
of 13th Avenue (Mt. Nelson);
- Connection of the pump station to the existing water
distribution pipes; and
- Funding from the Canada
- BC Infrastructure Funding Program to contribute towards
the cost of the above project.