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City of Regina Provides Update on Wastewater Treatment Plant Construction

Posted on May 27, 2015
On May 26, the City of Regina and EPCOR Water Prairies Inc. released an update on the $181-million wastewater treatment plant being built in Regina. The public-private partnership (P3) wastewater treatment plant is on budget and approximately 40 per cent complete, with construction scheduled to finish by December 2016.The upgrades to the plant will address higher provincial effluent standards, provide capacity for growth, improve water quality for Regina citizens and neighbouring communities, and benefit the environment. Construction includes three new bioreactors which reduce ammonia and phosphorous in wastewater, the refurbishment [...]

Phase 1 of Melville Drinking Water Facility Complete

Posted on May 26, 2015
On May 21, phase 1 of Melville, Saskatchewan’s new drinking water treatment plant was completed, including the construction of two new potable water wells. The wells will replace the city’s current surface water source and will supply residents and businesses with clean, reliable water. The project was funded by the Government of Canada, which contributed $185,400 through the Gas Tax Fund, and the City of Melville, which put close to $1.040 million into the new drinking water treatment plant. "Presently, we are able to provide our citizens with quality water,” said Melville Mayor Walter Streelasky. “However, we are very [...]

Village of Clinton Hosts Grand Opening of New $2.45-Million Water Treatment Plant

Posted on May 21, 2015
On May 20, the residents of Clinton, British Columbia and the federal, provincial, and municipal governments celebrated the grand opening of the Village of Clinton’s new $2.45-million water treatment plant and reservoir. The project was entirely funded by the Gas Tax Fund, which is administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and provides an annual $253 million that aids municipal infrastructure in British Columbia. Since 2006, the federal Gas Tax Fund has made more than $3-million available to the Village of Clinton. The plant enables the village to provide clean and clear potable water to 1,500 residents and [...]

Funding Approved for New Wastewater Facility in Thompson, Manitoba

Posted on May 19, 2015
The City of Thompson, Manitoba announced on May 15 that it will receive up to $24.3 million in funding toward the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. Thompson Mayor Dennis Fenske was joined by MP Shelly Glover and Infrastructure Minister Steve Ashton to make the announcement. “The construction of a new wastewater treatment plant is a vital piece of infrastructure needed to address our aging infrastructure and meet the demands of our growing population,” Fenske said. “This new state of the art facility supports our commitment to the long term sustainability of our community and our commitment to protecting the environment [...]

Manitoba Hydro, University of Manitoba Sign Lake Friendly Accord

Posted on May 19, 2015
Manitoba Hydro and the University of Manitoba have formally joined the Lake Friendly Accord, a growing coalition to improve the water quality in Lake Winnipeg. The Lake Friendly Accord and Lake Friendly Stewards Alliance have been in effect since the provincial government and the South Basin Mayors and Reeves partnered in summer 2013. “The addition of these two important partners as signatories to the Lake Friendly Accord demonstrates a growing recognition that protecting our water requires broad-based co-operation,” said Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Tom Nevakshonoff. “Manitoba Hydro and the University of Manitoba [...]

Eastside Select Committee Presents List of Potential Wastewater Treatment Sites

Posted on May 14, 2015
The Eastside Select Committee, which includes representatives from the City of Victoria, the District of Oak Bay, and the District of Saanich, presented a list of potential wastewater treatment sites on Tuesday, May 12 in Victoria, BC. As part of a comprehensive public engagement process, each municipality brought forward potential sites for the new wastewater treatment facility. Once a site is selected, construction may begin as early as this summer. “We’re revealing the technically feasible sites before we’ve made any decisions so the public can help us by bringing their values, criteria and desired outcomes into a meaningful [...]

New Water Supply to End Severe Watering Restrictions in B.C. Township

Posted on May 6, 2015
A major water supply project that will bring an end to severe watering restrictions in the Township of East Langley, British Columbia will be completed by the end of summer 2015. The $33.5-million East Langley Water Supply project will provide clean, safe, and dependable drinking water to residents, businesses, and schools when it is completed. The 14-kilometre project will connect the communities of Aldergrove and Gloucester to Metro Vancouver’s water system. Kevin Larsen, the town manager of water resources and environment, told the Aldergrove Star that, “Connecting to Metro Vancouver’s water system will provide a dependable [...]

Cash Grants Awarded to Support Environmental Protection in Saskatoon

Posted on May 1, 2015
A total of $10,000 has been allocated through the City of Saskatoon 2015 Environmental Grant program to recognize local non-profit organizations implementing initiatives that support the city’s strategic goal of environmental leadership. To be eligible for the grant, the initiatives and activities must relate to protection of the environment; conservation of natural resources; and/or environmental communications, education, and research. In total, seven organizations will receive funding in 2015. Two of these organizations are: South SK River Watershed Stewards ($1,400): to initiate awareness and monitoring programs for aquatic [...]

Alberta Announces Flood Mitigation Grants

Posted on April 9, 2015
The Government of Alberta recently issued a release outlining its extensive province-wide flood mitigation measures. In particular, the government announced a first round of Alberta Community Resilience Program grants, which will support 21 projects in 16 municipalities, including the erection of flood barriers, water management infrastructure upgrades, dry pond construction and expansion, and increasing erosion control along vulnerable riverbanks. “Local water projects provide a critical, additional line of defense against rising flood waters and support ongoing stewardship efforts to mitigate drought effects,” said Environment [...]

B.C. Announces Invasive Species Defence Measures

Posted on April 2, 2015
The Province of British Columbia announced on March 31 measures to improve its resistance to invasive mussels with a $1.3-million investment in early detection and rapid response. Thus far, the province has not encountered any instances of invasive species infiltration, and it hopes the newly announced program will further bolster its defences against species like quagga and zebra mussels. A cluster of zebra mussels. Credit: D. Jude, Univ. of Michigan. The new program includes three mobile decontamination units; six trained auxiliary conservation officers; province-wide highway signage; expanded zebra and quagga mussel monitoring; [...]
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