The federal and provincial governments announced Wednesday that it will provide more than $27.8 million for water and wastewater infrastructure projects in eight Saskatchewan communities.
Each government will provide $6,766,000 for a new wastewater treatment plant in Lumsden, Sask., and $2,045,000 for water and wastewater treatment system upgrades in Lanigan, Sask.
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Six northern Saskatchewan communities, including Île-à-la-Crosse, Dore Lake, Pinehouse, La Loche, Creighton and Beauval, will get up to $5,088,583 for the construction or upgrade of water treatment plants and reservoirs.
The new facility in Lumsden will handle wastewater from residential and commercial developments in the town and the Rural Municipality of Lumsden.
Two new wells in Lanigan are set to improve drinking water quality as are the new and upgraded facilities in the northern communities.
“Our community has been struggling for years trying to provide a water supply which conforms to regulations,” Lanigan Mayor Andrew Cebryk said in a statement.
“We will now be able to enjoy a water supply which is safe and healthy as well as esthetically pleasing throughout the year with our Water Treatment Plant Reverse Osmosis System.”
The funding will be provided through the federal government’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-National and Regional Projects.
The Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) provides funding to support infrastructure projects nationally, regionally and locally.
“Modern infrastructure that meets the needs of our communities is key to ensuring that Canada will remain the best place in the world to live, work and raise a family,” Ralph Goodale, federal minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, said in a statement.