SASKATOON, SASK. – Major upgrades to local infrastructure have started in several locations throughout Saskatoon thanks to support from federal and provincial governments as part of the 2017 Water Main, Sanitary Lining and Lead Water Pipe Replacement Initiative.
This year, close to 1,000 properties in five neighbourhoods in Saskatoon will see extensive watermain replacement and sewer lining work, including the replacement of over 900 lead water service pipes to homes and businesses.
"The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to play a role in improving Saskatoon’s water infrastructure by investing up to $7.9 million toward this initiative and working with our federal and municipal partners to improve service for our citizens," said the Donna Harpauer, Saskatchewan minister of government relations, in a statement.
This co-ordinated approach to managing underground and road renewal at the same time lessens the impact to residents and lowers the cost, explains a release.
"By combining watermain replacement and water and sewermain lining, then replacing road surfaces and sidewalks, we save money and we save the amount of time we’re in a neighbourhood," said Celene Anger, Saskatoon’s director of construction and design.
The intent of this initiative is to accelerate short-term municipal investments while supporting the rehabilitation of water and wastewater infrastructure to meet immediate priorities.
Through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, the Government of Canada is contributing up to $15.8 million and the Government of Saskatchewan is contributing up to $7.9 million toward this overall City of Saskatoon initiative worth a total of $43.3 million.