Construction has commenced on a new wastewater system for the Town of Bienfait, Saskatchewan, a more than $2.86-million infrastructure project funded in part by the federal and provincial governments that will position the community for growth.
“It’s great to celebrate the start of construction on this important wastewater treatment system for Bienfait,” said Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Regina–Wascana. “Our government recognizes that investing in critical public infrastructure such as this not only helps protect the environment and public health, but strengthens Saskatchewan’s foundation for economic prosperity and the growth of the middle class.”
Under the federal-provincial Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) program, the Government of Canada will contribute $1.43 million toward the project, while the Government of Saskatchewan will contribute $715,250. The Town of Bienfait is responsible for all remaining costs.
The project’s total eligible cost under the program is $2.86 million. The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced funding for the Bienfait project in 2017. Since that time, design work was completed by KGS Engineering of Regina, while ongoing project management support has been provided by both KGS and Solomon Matthewson Consulting of Carlyle.
“This is a milestone for our community. We are very fortunate to be receiving substantial help from both the provincial and federal governments on this project,” said Paul Carroll, Mayor of the Town of Bienfait. “Once completed, this project will increase our wastewater system’s capacity, which will be very beneficial to both current citizens and future who call Bienfait home.”
In May, Bienfait awarded a construction contract to Glen Peterson Construction to move the existing sewage lagoon to a new location where it will have greater capacity, while other associated works will be completed in co-operation with Nexom. The entire project is targeted to be completed and operational by the end of 2018.