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Water Security Agency and City of Regina Address Sewage Bypass Issues

Released on October 14, 2015

The Water Security Agency (WSA) and the City of Regina have agreed on a plan to address the city’s sewage bypass issues.

“WSA is working with the City of Regina to ensure necessary investments are made to Regina’s wastewater infrastructure that will reduce the risk of sewage bypasses in the future,” Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency Herb Cox said.  “The plan and subsequent improvements will address environmental concerns and will limit the impacts downstream.”

Following a sewage bypass during a heavy rainfall event this summer, WSA worked with City of Regina officials to investigate the cause of bypasses in the city’s sewage collection system.

As a result of this investigation, it was determined an action plan was necessary to address capacity issues associated with sewage collection in Regina.  While weather events and sewage bypasses are difficult to predict and can sometimes be unavoidable, WSA has now finalized a plan with the city to reduce the frequency and volume of such events.

The main components of the plan will see the city submit a wastewater infrastructure management plan to WSA that, when implemented, will reduce the risk of bypasses at the McCarthy Boulevard Sewage Pumping Station.

The City of Regina is upgrading their wastewater treatment plant as part of their Permit to Operate a Sewage Works.  The new wastewater treatment plant will also add capacity to receive and hold large and rapid flows received from the McCarthy Boulevard Pumping Station.

The WSA is committed to working with the City of Regina to address the sewage collection issues in order to limit the negative impacts.

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For more information, contact:

Patrick Boyle
Water Security Agency
Moose Jaw
Phone: 306-694-8914
Email: Patrick.Boyle@wsask.ca
Cell: 306-631-6997

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