The City of Estevan hosted a ceremony to celebrate the upcoming completion of the community’s drinking water system upgrade project.

“We are excited to see a project of this size come to fruition,” said Roy Ludwig, mayor of the City of Estevan. “This project has been several years in the making and we are happy to be able to announce that residents will have a cleaner water source with fewer Trihalomethanes.”

The project’s first phase, which included the construction of two settling ponds that store the residuals generated by the water treatment plant, started and finished in 2017.

Phases two and three were completed in tandem, which included a 9.2 km-long water pipeline. The entire pipeline runs from the original riverbed in the Rafferty Dam Reservoir to the Estevan Water Treatment Plant.

The third and final phase of the project was the intake line from the Dam and the construction of a pump house, which will soon be operational.

“The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to play a key role in this important City of Estevan initiative by investing $3.1 million toward this project, which will help safeguard the environment and improve water quality for the community,” said Lori Carr, minister of government relations.

“We recognize it’s critical for the province to contribute to improving local infrastructure and to improve quality of life for all Saskatchewan residents,” added Carr. “That’s why our government’s $7.5 billion, two-year provincial capital plan will also help stimulate economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and build a stronger Saskatchewan.”

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Through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—National and Regional Projects program, the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are each contributing up to $3.1 million toward the Estevan Water Treatment System Upgrades Project. The City of Estevan is responsible for any remaining costs of the project, which has a total eligible cost of $9.4 million under the program.

“We are proud to be a partner in this important project that provides residents of Estevan with the modern and efficient water infrastructure that meets their needs,” said Catherine McKenna, minister of infrastructure and communities. “Canada’s Infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across Canada and builds stronger communities.”

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