ESTEVAN, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Nov. 10, 2016) - Having access to clean, reliable drinking water is critical to the health and prosperity of Canadian communities and for attracting economic opportunities for the middle class and those trying to join it. By ensuring that water and wastewater systems are modern, efficient and meet the capacity needs of our communities, we are safeguarding the well-being of residents, protecting our waterways and preserving our ecosystems.
In Saskatchewan, new federal and provincial funding will be going toward a project in the City of Estevan. The City will be constructing a residuals management facility to treat the wastewater generated by its water treatment plant using an effective and low-energy treatment process. This will help to protect the local environment, including the Souris River watershed. The project also includes the construction of a new water intake and pipeline to access the Rafferty Reservoir. This will help the City provide high-quality drinking water to local residents and businesses in an area of the province that has experienced rapid growth in recent years due to increased activity in the oil sector.
The Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan are each contributing up to $3,133,333 for this project. The City of Estevan will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project, which has a total eligible cost of $9,400,000.
"The Government of Canada is committed to investing in modern infrastructure that meets the needs of our communities, supports the middle class, and ensures that Canada will remain the best place in the world to live, work and raise a family. This important investment in Estevan will protect the local environment and provide access to high quality drinking water for this community's residents, both now and into the future."
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, On behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"A significant investment in water projects like the one for the City of Estevan makes life better for our citizens and helps keep Saskatchewan strong. By working together, the federal, provincial and municipal governments are ensuring that this important water and wastewater project meets the needs of residents both now and in the future."
Ms. Lori Carr, MLA for Estevan, On behalf of Minister Donna Harpauer, Ministry of Government Relations
"This initiative will help us environmentally with our residual management from the water treatment plant, along with giving us a cleaner more reliable water source as well as a secondary source of water from Rafferty Dam."
His Worship Roy Ludwig, Mayor of Estevan
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan: http://www.budget.gc.ca/fes-eea/2016/docs/themes/infrastructure-en.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Saskatchewan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/sk-eng.html
Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component - National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP): http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html
Web: Infrastructure Canada