• 26 Mar 2019
    City receives New Building Canada Grant for Wastewater Treatment and Water Distribution

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    March 26th, 2019

     

    City receives New Building Canada Grant for Wastewater treatment and Water Distribution

    Upgrades to the City’s wastewater treatment and water distribution systems will soon be possible thanks to a $20.16 million grant the City will receive through the New Build Canada Fund. The award was announced Tuesday morning by Minister Warren Kaeding in Regina.  Under the New Building Canada Fund, approved projects are funded one-third by the Government of Canada, one-third through the Provincial Government and the final one-third at the municipal level.

    The funding will allow the City to upgrade its existing lagoons, build a new gravity conveyance system to connect to the City of Saskatoon’s sanitary sewer system, and upgrade the existing sewage lift station. In addition, upgrades to the water supply reservoir and pumping stations and a new water main will connect to Saskatoon’s drinking water supply system.

    “This announcement today is very welcome news for everyone in Martensville,” said Scott Blevins, City Manager. “With an anticipated doubling of our population by 2040, we must continue to upgrade all of our infrastructure systems and this project will allow us to upgrade essential services, increase the overall capacity of the water and waste water system and provide a better opportunity to anticipate and plan for further growth.”

    Due to ongoing growth resulting in increasing pressures on the holding capacity and treatment ability of the current lagoon system, the City has been examining the best options for maintaining and upgrading the City’s existing water and wastewater infrastructure for a number of years. In addition to taking interim steps to deal with capacity issues, the City had begun planning for a large capital upgrade and renewal project.

    “The basis of this project started in 2014 with a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Saskatoon to provide wastewater services to Martensville,” said Blevins, City Manager. “By connecting to the Saskatoon waste water system, we will be able to meet future capacity while moving to an upgraded system with a higher environmental standard.”  

    In respect to drinking water, the City currently  purchases treated drinking water from the Saskatchewan Water Corporation, which is provided to them from the City of Saskatoon. Under this project water will be purchased and provided directly from the City of Saskatoon. 

    With funding in place now of $20.16 million, the City will fund its portion of the project through dedicated reserve funds and municipal financing.

    With initial engineering work already underway, the City anticipates upgrades to the lift station will be completed in the coming months. The entire project should be completed by 2022.

    For more information on the City’s water and wastewater distribution system, visit Martensville.ca – Services for Residents. To read the news issued by the Federal and Provincial Governments on the New Build Canada Fund, go to:

    https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2019/march/26/infrastructure-funding

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    For more information contact

     

    Matt Gruza
    Director of Infrastructure and Planning
    (306) 931-2166
    or
    Scott Blevins
    City Manager
    (306) 931-2166

     

     

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