This week, the City of Regina cut ribbons at the official unveiling of the completed Regina Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project in Saskatchewan—a project successfully completed through a public-private partnership (P3).
“With the help of our P3 partners, the City of Regina delivered this project on time and under budget,” said Mayor Fougere. “With a transparent process, a great partner in EPCOR, and a wonderful project team we have achieved exactly what we set out to do. I couldn’t be more impressed with the effort and results achieved by our staff through this complicated and challenging process.”
An additional $6 million has been saved as a result of a contingency budget for the construction of the plant that was not required.
“Delivering this plant through a P3 is an innovative approach that has drawn interest and accolades from across North America,” said Mayor Fougere. “We thank the federal government and EPCOR for their partnership on this project.”
“The upgrade at the plant completed by EPCOR and our partners, will improve the health of the aquatic system and watershed of Wascana Creek, while accommodating the City of Regina’s future growth,” stated Stuart Lee, EPCOR President & CEO. “We are proud of our role in the upgrade and our ability to provide safe and reliable service to the City for the duration of our 30-year contract.”
The plant upgrades and new construction, completed by EPCOR and its partners, will enable the City of Regina to meet the province’s effluent requirements set to take effect on January 1, 2017 and will accommodate community growth and improve the water quality for downstream communities.
“Over time we will continue to save taxpayers millions of dollars and have a plant that will be well managed and deliver a high-quality treatment through the entire length of our partnership,” added Mayor Fougere.
Ryan Roberts, VP and Water Discipline Lead at Stantec, shared a post through social media that stated, “We couldn’t be more proud to have had a tremendous role in the refurbishment of this major Public-Private Partnership (P3) project. The new plant is set to operate with better efficiency, lower energy consumption and fewer greenhouse gas emissions while meeting the needs of a population of up to 260,000 people, the anticipated size of the City of Regina by 2035.”