REGINA — The Government of Canada has announced it will put $27.3 million towards eight Saskatchewan water and wastewater projects.
The Government of Saskatchewan will match the federal funding through the New Building Canada Fund, and funding recipients are responsible for the remaining costs. In total $82.1 million will be invested by federal, provincial and recipient project contributions.
“Modern water and wastewater infrastructure is essential to safeguarding the well-being of Canadian families and building the Canada we want for tomorrow. Our government has ramped up new investments in Saskatchewan communities’ water and wastewater systems that will help protect the environment, keep people healthy, and bolster economic growth,” said federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale in a statement.
The largest project is a $20 million wastewater treatment and water distribution upgrade for the City of Martensville, followed by $13.6 million worth of primary sanitary sewer trunk upgrades for the City of North Battleford. Approximately $12.2 million will go to the Prairie North Regional Potable Water Supply System maintained by SaskWater in the Lloydminster area and the City of Yorkton will receive $11.1 million for north sewer system upgrades.
Saskwater will upgrade the regional water treatment plant in Melfort for approximately $8.5 million and the Town of Maple Creek will have $5.9 million for wastewater treatment upgrades. Around $5.6 million will go to drinking water system upgrades for the Town of Blaine Lake and $5 million is earmarked for wastewater lagoon upgrades for the Town of Kindersley.