On May 26, the City of Regina and EPCOR Water Prairies Inc. released an update on the $181-million wastewater treatment plant being built in Regina.
The public-private partnership (P3) wastewater treatment plant is on budget and approximately 40 per cent complete, with construction scheduled to finish by December 2016.The upgrades to the plant will address higher provincial effluent standards, provide capacity for growth, improve water quality for Regina citizens and neighbouring communities, and benefit the environment.
Construction includes three new bioreactors which reduce ammonia and phosphorous in wastewater, the refurbishment of the primary sedimentation tanks, and three new secondary clarifiers.
“The new plant will provide substantial benefits to the community and the environment for years to come,” said EPCOR Senior Vice President Stephen Stanley. “The biological processes that will be implemented when the new plant is commissioned will reduce the amount of chemicals required in the treatment process which reduces operating costs and nutrient loading Wascana Creek.”
“Not only has this project delivered $43.5 million in construction cost savings and $248 million saved over 30 years of the contract, EPCOR has also been able to accelerate work on the new ultraviolet system, which will improve the treatment process right away,” added Regina Mayor Michael Fougere.