Photo: Representatives from the province, the District of Taylor and Spectra Energy support a plan to use effluent from the McMahon Plant for the Lone Wolf golf course./ Kimberley Molina
Spectra Energy and the Lone Wolf Golf Club have teamed up to provide water for the Club’s irrigation.
The new water source means that the golf course will be using water from the Spectra plant in Taylor that is used for cooling the machinery.
The water goes through a secondary effluent system and would normally be returned to the river but is instead diverted to the golf course, says Justin Anderson, operations team leader at the McMahon Gas Plant. He added that the water comes very close to meeting drinking water standards.
This summer, the District of Taylor has already had several water restrictions in effect, so the benefits of this plan allow the golf course to use recycled water instead of taking potable water from the river.
The golf course will have the ability to get more than 45 million litres of water per year, says Glenn Cross, the green superintendent of the Lone Wolf Golf Club.
He says when the plan was first considered, the water was tested through the Canadian Water Quality Guidelines for Irrigation Water and it was found to exceed those standards.
The golf course requires a significant amount of water and the water from the plant will be used to supplement rain water and the water they would have normally gotten from the Peace River, Cross added.
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The MLA for Peace River North, Pat Pimm, says the project is a first-class innovation.
The project has been in the works since 2006 and was completed in May, 2010.
The pipeline from the plant to the golf course is just under 5 km in length.