Canada's new government funds regional water supply improvements



    ROSETOWN, SK, Sept. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's New Government is
providing up to $27.3 million to develop regional water supply systems in
several rural communities across Saskatchewan. The Regional Rural Water Supply
Systems (RRWS) project will result in both upgrades to water treatment
facilities and the development of new water treatment facilities, as well as
distribution pipelines to supply potable water to several rural towns,
villages and municipalities.
    "Access to clean and safe drinking water is vital to the well-being of
all Canadians. This important investment in high quality water systems is key
to the health and economic growth of these rural communities," said Minister
Ritz. "Canada's New Government is investing in improved drinking water systems
that will support sustainable communities in Saskatchewan for present and
future generations."
    "On behalf of the following communities and Rural Municipalities, I would
like to thank the Government of Canada for its commitment to our water
project: Ansgar Tynning - Mayor of Kyle; June Heintze - Mayor of Elrose; Russ
Gillanders - RM of Lacadena; George Myers - RM of Monet and Ken Ogle, Reeve-
RM of St. Andrews," said the Mayor of Rosetown, Brian Gerow. "This regional
initiative will ensure safe drinking water to several communities and RM's and
ensure our future viability. There is lots of talk about sustainable
communities and projects like this make that a reality. It makes it possible
for this region to expand economic development and ensure a quality life style
for our citizens."
    The project has four components: Caronport, Water West, Saskatchewan
Landing, and La Ronge. Communities benefiting from each project component, as
listed in the attached backgrounder, will have increased access to a reliable
water supply that meets high water quality and safety levels required by
regulatory standards. Upgrades and improvements to the water treatment
facilities will help reduce health risks and improve economic development
opportunities.
    "The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to ensuring that residents
in all areas of our province have access to clean and safe drinking water,"
said the Honourable David Forbes, Minister Responsible for SaskWater. "By
working with municipalities in this way, we are ensuring that these modernized
water systems will contribute to a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan
people and will allow these rural and northern communities to grow and
prosper."
    Financial support is conditional on meeting applicable federal
requirements, including the successful completion of environmental assessments
required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, and the successful
negotiation of a contribution agreement that will detail the project elements
and federal funding parameters.
    The federal contribution is provided through the existing Canada
Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF), which supports large-scale
infrastructure projects that strengthen areas vital to sustaining economic
growth and enhancing quality of life for Canadians.
    Funding for safe and reliable water systems is one component of the
partnership investments Canada's New Government is making in infrastructure.
Through its unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure plan, the
Government will provide long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet
infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada will support a stronger,
safer and better country.

    
                                 Backgrounder
    

    The Regional Rural Water Supply Systems (RRWS) project consists of four
components that benefit several rural towns, villages and municipalities in
Saskatchewan:

    Caronport Regional Water Supply Component: A regional pipeline will be
developed to deliver treated water from the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment
Plant to the communities of Caronport, Mortlach and Caron. The Caronport
component is expected to receive $2.7 million of the total $27.3 million
federal contribution.
    Water West Regional Water Supply Component: Upgrades and expansion of an
existing regional system will result in potable water supplied to the Regional
Municipalities of Chesterfield, Kindersley and Newcombe, and the Towns of
Eston and Kindersley. The Water West component is expected to receive
$10,188,828.
    Saskatchewan Landing Regional Water Supply Component: A regional water
main pipeline system will be developed to supply the area of Elrose and north
to Rosetown, and an area around Kyle. Upgrades will also be undertaken on the
water treatment plant in Rosetown and a new water treatment plant will be
developed to serve the Kyle supply system. The Saskatchewan Landing component
is expected to receive $10,190,000.
    La Ronge Regional Water Supply Component: The La Ronge water treatment
plant will be expanded to provide high quality treated water to residents of
La Ronge, Air Ronge and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band Reserves 156 and 156B.
The La Ronge component is expected to receive $4.22 million.




For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700;
Infrastructure Canada, Communications and Promotion, (613) 948-1148


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