The federal and provincial governments are supporting a new wastewater treatment plant outside of Regina.
The $22-million facility will use an effective, low-energy treatment process to accommodate the growing needs of the White City and Emerald Park communities.
“The (request for proposal) that’s gone out is for a system that will have the capacity to handle about 15,000 people,” said Cecil Snyder, chair of the Wastewater Authority.
“Right now, between the two communities, we have about 5,000 people – so it’s a long-term project.”
Christine Tell, the province’s central services minister, said the communities among the fastest-growing in Canada.
“The one thing that will hold it back is a lack of adequate, appropriate infrastructure,” Tell said. “Today is another step in the continued growth of these communities.”
The plant will be located about five kilometres south of Highway 48 on Kennedy Road.
It’s expected to cost around $22 million, with equal funding coming from Ottawa, the province and the Wastewater Management Authority (WMA).
Additionally, WMA is getting equal money from the Town of White City and the RM of Edenwold.
Canada’s Minister of Public Safety, Ralph Goodale, said these sorts of partnerships are essential.
“If one level of government had to do this all alone without partners, it would be physically impossible,” Goodale said.
Construction is expected to be complete in 2018.