Investment in high-quality drinking water in southern Saskatchewan coming
October 9, 2018
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More than $20 million in federal-provincial funding to upgrade electrical systems at the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant was announced by Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
“These vital upgrades to the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant will ensure residents of Regina and Moose Jaw have an uninterrupted supply of high-quality drinking water for years to come,” said Goodale, on behalf of the François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Canada’s investment in this project underlines our commitment to protecting public health and our quality of life, all while bolstering economic growth and a strong middle class.”
The remainder of the estimated $32.1 million project will be funded by the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Corporation, which is owned by the cities of Regina and Moose Jaw.
“I am pleased that the federal and provincial governments recognize the critical nature of this project,” said Michael Fougere, Mayor of Regina. “As a plant that serves the entire region, it is absolutely essential that we have a modern facility that produces the highest-quality drinking water for its customers, including the City of Regina. Our residents expect safe and reliable infrastructure, and we are committed to providing it.”
Work involves replacing the plant’s aging electrical substation, improving the power supply and upgrading the raw water pumps to prevent future electrical failures.
Once complete, this work will ensure the plant has a reliable and sustainable source of back-up power to minimize service interruptions and prevent drinking water advisories for the approximately 260,000 residents it serves.