REGINA—More than $222 million in joint program funding will be spent to support an infrastructure rejuvenation project at Saskatchewan’s Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant.
The plant, which was commissioned in 1955, supplies potable water to more than 260,000 people living in Regina, Moose Jaw and other local areas.
The service area includes a quarter of Saskatchewan’s population.
Among other work, the renewal project will upgrade the main treatment plant, pump stations and reservoirs. Officials noted the project will help the province meet the needs of the region’s forecasted potable water demands for decades.
Under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, the Government of Canada is investing more than $89.13 million, and Indigenous consultation requirements must be met prior to the flow of funds.
The Government of Saskatchewan is providing more than $74.26 million toward the project’s eligible costs. The Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Corporation, owned by the cities of Regina and Moose Jaw, is contributing more than $59.42 million under the program and is responsible for any additional costs.
“The Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant Renewal Project invests in the long-term viability of the facility and ensures a safe and reliable source of drinking water for all Regina residents,” said Regina Mayor Sandra Masters in a statement. “I thank the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan for their significant contributions through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This investment will propel both population and economic growth over the next three decades.”