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Funding for 75 New Saskatchewan Water Projects

Posted on June 5, 2017
On June 2nd, the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced funding for 75 new water and wastewater projects throughout the province. This investment represents combined federal, provincial, and local partner funding of more than $94 million for 74 Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) projects, and one project under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Communities and Government Relations Minister Donna Harpauer, announced that the funding will support such initiatives as building new sewage treatment [...]

Alberta Energy Regulator Releases Water Use Report

Posted on June 5, 2017
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has released a new report on how the province’s energy industry uses water in an effort to drive improved performance from the industry. The report provides data on water used in a number of production methods for oil and gas (from hydraulic fracturing and enhanced oil recovery ) to mineable and in situ oil sands. “Albertans depend on us to make sure the energy industry is using water in a responsible manner,” said Jim Ellis, the AER’s president and CEO. “This report provides Albertans with a better understanding of how water is being used to produce oil, gas, and bitumen.” The [...]

$131M for Rural Alberta Water & Wastewater Partnerships

Posted on May 30, 2017
More than $131 million from the Water for Life and the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership grant programs will support 29 water infrastructure projects across the province. Once projects get underway, the investment will help sustain approximately 900 jobs. The approved projects include a wastewater line from Sylvan Lake to Red Deer, with $37 million in provincial Water for Life grants. The line will handle wastewater from the Sylvan Lake region to meet the current and future needs of the community as it taps into its potential as a growing tourism destination. “Anyone visiting this region on a sunny summer day will [...]

Lead Pipe Replacement Work Begins in Saskatoon

Posted on May 29, 2017
On Friday, Saskatoon began water infrastructure upgrades worth a total of $43.3 million as part of the 2017 Water Main, Sanitary Lining and Lead Water Pipe Replacement Initiative. “Modern, efficient water, wastewater, and stormwater management infrastructure is essential to the well-being of Canadian families and creates economic growth and middle-class jobs,” said the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. “We are pleased to invest in these improvements in Saskatoon to improve the reliability of its systems while protecting the environment.” Close to 1,000 properties in five neighbourhoods [...]

Shortlist for Capital Regional District, BC, Clover Point Pump Station

Posted on May 26, 2017
The Capital Regional District has issued a Request for Proposals to three qualified proponents as part of the competitive selection process for the contract to design and build the expanded Clover Point Pump Station. The shortlisted proponents are: BIRD Construction Inc.; Kenaidan Contracting Ltd.; and Maple Reinders Inc. Proponents are scheduled to submit their proposals this summer and the Wastewater Treatment Project Team expects to award a contract in late fall 2017. Construction on the Clover Point Pump Station is anticipated to begin in early 2018 after the design has been completed. The Clover Point Pump Station will [...]

$12M for Enoch Cree Nation Water Infratructure

Posted on May 25, 2017
Yesterday, the Government of Canada announced an investment of approximately $12.5 million to support water infrastructure at Enoch Cree Nation. "All Canadians should have access to safe and reliable drinking water. Working in partnership with Enoch Cree Nation, our government is supporting sustainable solutions to address water infrastructure on-reserve while ensuring water system operators have the training they need to succeed," said Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. This Government is making historic investments to support Indigenous communities, including strengthening on-reserve water and wastewater [...]

Canada and Saskatchewan Invest $6.4M in Wastewater

Posted on May 24, 2017
The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have announced a $6.4-million expansion of the Balgonie wastewater system. "The investments in infrastructure we are making will benefit Canadians for years to come: creating economic growth and middle-class jobs now, while laying the foundation for durable growth in the future. This project will protect the local environment in Balgonie and support the community's growth for decades to come," said Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Minister Goodale, along with Don McMorris, Indian Head-Milestone MLA, announced funding for the Town of Balgonie's wastewater [...]

Town of Comox and Region Agree to Sewage Settlement

Posted on May 19, 2017
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Sewage Commission has agreed to the terms of a meditated settlement in a dispute about the metering and cost apportionment of the regional sewer service from 2004 to 2015. The agreement was reached on May 5, 2017 and includes payments to the Town of Comox in the amount of $1.2 million from the CVRD Sewage Commission and $1 million from the City of Courtenay. The terms also include the transfer of the Knight Road sewer main from the Town of Comox to the CVRD. “We have been working together for some time to resolve this issue in an equitable manner,” said Barbara Price, Chair of the CVRD’s [...]

Sask. Creates Agricultural Water Management Advisory Boards

Posted on May 17, 2017
Saskatchewan has moved forward on its agricultural water management strategy. On May 16th, Minister Responsible for the Water Security Agency, Scott Moe, announced the creation of two Agricultural Water Management Advisory Boards as Bill 44, The Water Security Agency Amendment Act, passed third reading in the legislature. "Our government's goal is to create responsibly-managed agricultural drainage networks focused on controlling and organizing water management in the province," Moe said.  "This will ensure mitigation of impacts to downstream landowners while continuing to provide benefits to producers.  The advisory boards will [...]

Molson Coors to Build Wastewater Pre-treatment Plant in Fraser Valley

Posted on May 16, 2017
In 2016, Molson Coors Canada announced plans to construct a new $200 million technologically-advanced brewery, to be located in the Fraser Valley region of British Columbia. Now, the company is investing in an anaerobic reactor to treat new the brewery's wastewater. “Molson Coors Canada has a strong commitment to the communities in which we operate. We continue this tradition working closely with the people of Chilliwack and together we raise a glass to toast a long and prosperous relationship,” said Stewart Glendinning, president and CEO of Molson Coors Canada The new wastewater pre-treatment plant will handle the high levels [...]
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