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Federal, Provincial and Municipal Funding for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Saskatchewan

Released on July 13, 2016

Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter, along with representatives from several municipalities, today announced funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects in eight Saskatchewan communities.

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.  And 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.

Through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects, the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are each contributing up to $6,766,000 for the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant in the Town of Lumsden; up to $5,088,583 for the construction or upgrade of water treatment plants and reservoirs in six northern Saskatchewan communities; and up to $2,045,000 for upgrades to both the drinking water and wastewater treatment systems in the Town of Lanigan.

“These important investments in water and wastewater systems will ensure that thousands of Saskatchewan residents will have access to safe and reliable drinking water, as well as effective wastewater treatment services that protect the local environment and keep our communities healthy and livable. Modern infrastructure that meets the needs of our communities is key to ensuring that Canada will remain the best place in the world to live, work and raise a family,” said Goodale

“Our government is proud to partner with the Federal Government and the communities of Beauval, Creighton, Dore Lake, Ile a la Crosse, La Loche, Lanigan, Lumsden and Pinehouse on these important infrastructure projects,” Reiter said.  “Today’s announcement is an investment in the quality of life for Saskatchewan families and communities.”

“The Town of Lumsden is grateful that the Federal and Provincial Governments have selected Lumsden as a funding recipient for National and Regional Projects funding, Mayr of Lumsden Bryan Matheson said.  “The wastewater treatment facility represents critical infrastructure used every day by residents and businesses.  This new facility will provide great value to the community and reduce our impact on the environment.”

“Northern municipalities are grateful for these critical Federal and Provincial investments in our drinking water systems,” Northern Municipal Trust Account Chair Gord Stomp said.  “They support improvements to our residents’ quality of life and recognize the infrastructure needs of northern Saskatchewan municipalities.”

“Our community has been struggling for years trying to provide a water supply which conforms to regulations,” Mayor of Lanigan Andrew Cebryk said.  “We will now be able to enjoy a water supply which is safe and healthy as well as esthetically pleasing throughout the year with our Water Treatment Plant Reverse Osmosis System.  We thank the Federal and Provincial governments for providing us the National and Regional Projects funding and giving us the opportunity to make our community a better place to call home, as well as attract new residents and businesses to Lanigan.”

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For more information, contact:

Brook Simpson
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Ottawa
Phone: 613-219-0149
Email: Brook.Simpson@canada.ca

Darcie Cooper
Town of Lumsden
Lumsden
Email: d.cooper@lumsden.ca 

Dauna Ditson
Government Relations
Regina
Phone: 306-787-2155
Email: dauna.ditson@gov.sk.ca

Brad Henry
Northern Municipal Services
Phone: 306-425-4322
Email: brad.henry@gov.sk.ca

Andrew Cebryk
Town of Lanigan
Phone: 306-365-3022
Email: town.lanigan@sasktel.net

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