The Rural Municipalities of Kindersley and McKillop in Saskatchewan are each receiving funding from the provincial and federal governments to improve their water and wastewater systems. The Kindersley Rural Water Utility will extend a regional water pipeline to supply clean water to rural residents, and McKillop will build a municipal wastewater lagoon.
In RM Kindersley, more than 190 kilometres of pipeline will transport water from the Town of Kindersley’s water supply to customers throughout a 900-square-kilometre area to the north, south, and west of the town.
“We currently have 164 subscribers on our Phase 1 pipeline using approximately eight million gallons of potable water annually,” said chairman of the RM Kindersley Water Utility Board Allan Melnyk. “This pipeline covers seven of the 10 divisions in the RM. In the past year, a $20 million upgrade to the town’s water treatment plant and twinning 17 kilometres of pipeline increased water volume to accommodate 70 more subscribers on our Phase II project.”
Construction of the project is expected to start in 2014, pending an environmental review.
In McKillop, a new two-cell municipal wastewater lagoon will increase the treatment of effluent and improve the system’s reliability. It will service a number of hamlets, resort villages, and additional communities within the regional municipality. Also, pending an environmental review, the new system will provide a more environmentally friendly means for disposing of wastewater.
The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan will each invest up to $1.7 million in the Kindersley pipeline project, with the regional municipality contributing the remainder of the more than $5-million price tag. A similar breakdown will take place in McKillop, where the federal and provincial governments are each contributing more than $1.2 million. The RM is covering the rest of total cost of more than $3.6 million.