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Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Support Modern and Efficient Water Infrastructure in Estevan

Released on November 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.

“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,” Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness said on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.  “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.”

“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,” Estevan MLA Lori Carr said on behalf of Government Relations Minister Donna Harpauer.  “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.”

“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,” Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig said.

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 $3.1 million for this project.  The City of Estevan will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project, which has a total eligible cost of $9.4 million.

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For more information, contact:

Brook Simpson
Government of Canada
Ottawa
Phone: 613-219-0149
Email: brook.simpson@canada.ca

Kathy Ward
Government Relations
Regina
Phone: 306-787-2687
Email: kathy.ward@gov.sk.ca

Jeff Ward
City of Estevan
Estevan
Phone: 306-634-1813
Email: j.ward@estevan.ca

Infrastructure Canada 
Government of Canada
Ottawa
Phone: Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
Email: infc.media-medias.infc@canada.ca

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