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Phase Two of Water System Upgrades Begin at Pike Lake Provincial Park

Released on August 21, 2014

This summer, the Government of Saskatchewan will invest more than $850,000 to complete upgrades to the potable water system at Pike Lake Provincial Park.  The potable water system serves all facilities within Pike Lake Provincial Park including campsites, campground service centres, maintenance facilities, the swimming pool, park store and more.

“We are fortunate in Saskatchewan to have our great quality of life enhanced by our 35 provincial parks,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty said.  “Ensuring our park visitors are provided with a safe, clean water supply is paramount to supporting this high quality of life.”

Con-Tech General Contractors Ltd. of Saskatoon has been contracted to deliver the second phase of upgrades to the potable water system.  This involves the supply, installation and commissioning of all water treatment equipment.  It also includes the installation of underground distribution piping and the decommissioning of the existing water reservoir.  This project will resolve existing potable water treatment and distribution issues at Pike Lake Provincial Park and will prepare the park for possible future connection to a regional water utility.

The work is anticipated to be completed by late fall 2014.

Phase one of the project, completed last year, involved the construction of a new pump house building, installation of three above ground water storage tanks and related site developments.  

In 2013, the provincial park system set a record 3.7 million visits with Pike Lake Provincial Park receiving 236,608 of those visits.

The 2014-15 Budget has increased funding to provincial parks by 4.6 per cent this year.  This includes capital and maintenance spending which will hit record levels with $14.9 million identified for upgrades and new construction projects.  Total capital investments in provincial parks have increased 244 per cent in the past seven years compared to the previous seven year period.

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For more information, contact:

Karen Ritchie
Parks, Culture and Sport
Regina
Phone: 306-787-3506
Email: karen.ritchie@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-550-5927

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