June 27, 2019

New Wastewater Treatment Facility to Protect Environment and Meet Growing Community Needs

Investing in local wastewater systems is crucial to ensuring Canadians and their families have access to modern reliable services that meet their needs, protecting provincial waterways, and preserving local ecosystems.

Today, François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Ric McIver, Alberta Minister of Transportation, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Lloydminster Colleen Young on behalf of Saskatchewan Government Relations Minister Warren Kaeding, and Lloydminster Mayor Gerald Aalbers, announced funding for a new mechanical wastewater treatment facility in the Border City.

Work involves building a new facility near the city’s existing lagoons to establish a new wastewater treatment system.  The three cells that make up the city’s existing plant will be integrated into the new system to serve as storage for storm water during periods of heavy rainfall and for sludge requiring long-term digestion.

By integrating existing infrastructure, the city will be able to increase the capacity of its wastewater treatment system in an efficient and cost-effective way.  Once complete, Lloydminster will be able to meet the needs of its growing population, and help safeguard regional waterways like West Neale Lake and ensure its treated water meets federal and provincial standards well into the future.

“Making sure communities have the infrastructure they need to provide modern efficient wastewater services is essential to protecting the environment and building a healthy sustainable future,” said Champagne.  “This important project for Lloydminster will allow the city to provide higher quality services to residents, support community development and protect the environment for years to come.”

“The Government of Alberta is pleased to support this critical project which will provide an essential service for the community and protect the area’s waterways,” said McIver.  “The new facility will not only provide Lloydminster with a reliable and effective wastewater treatment system, but will also improve water quality in downstream communities.”

“The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to play a role in this initiative by investing $12.1 million toward this key infrastructure project for Lloydminster,” Young said.  “Once completed, this facility will help position the community for growth, better protect waterways and enhance the quality of life of residents and visitors alike.”

“Construction of a new wastewater treatment plant will have significant benefits for the current and future generations of Lloydminster and the downstream cities, towns, villages and Indigenous communities that rely on the North Saskatchewan River,” Aalbers said.  “This four-way funding announcement speaks to a strong working relationship between our federal, provincial and municipal offices for the betterment of our communities and the environment.”

Quick facts:

  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • $26.9 billion of this funding is supporting green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
  • The City of Lloydminster’s new mechanical wastewater treatment facility project has a total estimated cost of $81.5 million.
  • The Government of Canada is contributing up to $24.2 million to this project through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and the New Building Canada Fund.
  • The Government of Alberta is providing up to $12.7 million.
  • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing up to $12.1 million.
  • The City of Lloydminster is providing $32.5 million and is responsible for any additional costs.

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