The federal government will contribute up to $9.95 million through the P3 Canada Fund towards the Evan-Thomas Water and Wastewater Treatment Facility project in Kananaskis Country, Alberta.
“Public-private partnerships are increasingly becoming an innovative solution to delivering the public infrastructure Canadians need in a way that represents the best value for taxpayers,” said Minister of State (Finance) Ted Menzies today.
Ray Danyluk, Minister of Alberta Infrastructure, noted Alberta’s success with P3 procurement for delivering schools and roads. “Now, in cooperation with PPP Canada, we are paving the way for other communities with what could serve as a P3 template for their water and wastewater infrastructure projects,” he said.
Once selected, the private sector partner will design, construct and provide partial financing for the project. The partner will also be responsible for operations and maintenance of the new water treatment plant, the new wastewater treatment plant, and the water storage and distribution systems for 10 years after construction is completed. Ownership of the facility will rest with the Alberta government.
The upgrades will address the treatment plant’s current capacity constraints, replace the aging infrastructure (the plant was originally built in the 1980s), and deliver public health benefits. Upgrades will include construction of a new clear well and potable water reservoirs and a new treatment building.