The Water Security Agency announced a series of water management infrastructure initiatives and programming to support communities across Saskatchewan. These projects are part of the Government of Saskatchewan’s $7.5 billion two-year capital plan to build a strong Saskatchewan and stimulate Saskatchewan’s economic recovery.
“Water management and investing in our supporting infrastructure ensures Saskatchewan can remain strong now and into the future,” Minister Responsible for the Water Security Agency Greg Ottenbreit said. “These investments will not only help stimulate our economy but support and protect our local municipalities.”
In total $8.3 million will be invested into six water management projects. They include the following:
- $2.5 million for upgrades to the conveyance canal and pumping infrastructure at Pike Lake, located outside of Saskatoon;
- $2.5 million for the installation of travelling screens to capture and remove aquatic weeds from the M1 Canal;
- 5 million to advance agricultural water management projects that deal with issues such as erosion control;
- $600,000 for Rural Municipalities, Conservation and Development Area Authorities and Watershed Associations to clear natural channels of debris, sedimentation and general overgrowth;
- $500,000 for municipalities to conduct flood mapping to support long-term mitigation; and
- $750,000 for upgrades to improved stoplog handling systems for control structures at six locations across the province.
Initial work on all the projects will begin immediately and are part of supporting the province’s Growth Plan commitment to build strong communities by investing $30 billion in infrastructure over the next decade.