Construction Underway on $325.6 million Renewal of the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant
Mon., July 18, 2022 – Today, the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Corporation (BPWTC) celebrated the early stages of construction on one of its most significant infrastructure renewal projects in the last 30 years.
The Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant (BPWTP), originally commissioned in 1955, plays a critically- important role in supplying potable water to more than 260,000 people in the cities of Regina and Moose Jaw, along with residents of southwestern Saskatchewan – nearly one quarter of the province’s population.
“The renewal of the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant has been a long time coming. The staff at the plant have done an incredible job of keeping this plant operating effectively. That work, however, is becoming increasingly difficult as the plant begins to age beyond its projected lifespan. I want to commend plant staff for all they have done over the past number of years to keep this plant running effectively for the residents of the cities of Regina and Moose Jaw, and surrounding regions. I also want to thank the cities of Regina and Moose Jaw, the Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada for supporting this important project,” said Dale Schoffer, Board Chair, BPWTC.
The renewal project will upgrade the main treatment plant, treatment processes and treatment technologies, as well as modernizing the facility with necessary redundancy. It will rejuvenate the plant, enabling it to meet the region’s forecasted portable water demands for the years ahead. Construction began in June on the project. Work to date includes construction on temporary roads and lay down areas, the start of new summer ponds, relocation of a natural gas line, initiation of chemical tank refurbishment, and the start of various underground services. The plant renewal project is expected to be completed and fully operational by the end of 2025.
“Hundreds of thousands of Saskatchewanians rely on the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant and the workers who maintain and operate it. This major infrastructure renewal, the result of a strong partnership between federal, provincial and municipal governments, will ensure the citizens of Regina, Moose Jaw, and several other communities have access to reliable, potable water services for decades to come,” said the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.
“The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to play a role in this important water infrastructure project by investing more than $74 million in provincial funding toward the renewal of the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant. Once this project is completed, businesses and residents in Regina, Moose Jaw and surrounding region will be better positioned for growth for this new decade and far beyond,” said Mr. Lyle Stewart, Lumsden-Morse MLA, on behalf of the Honourable Don McMorris, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Government Relations.
"This renewal project will enhance the environmental sustainability of the facility and implement the use of renewable energy to help operations run more efficiently while ensuring our residents continue to have safe reliable drinking water. This project would not be possible without the contributions from the federal and provincial government as we are grateful for their support of the project," said Her Worship Sandra Masters, Mayor of the City of Regina.
“It gives me great pleasure to be a part of this exciting announcement. Our City Council recognizes the critical nature of the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant renewal, and we thank the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan and the City of Regina for their partnership to make it happen,” said His Worship Clive Tolley, Mayor of the City of Moose Jaw. “The renewal project will rejuvenate the plant to meet the potable water demands of our customers. Moose Javians and surrounding communities can be assured that we will continue to have safe, reliable, high-quality
drinking water for many years to come.”
“This is a very exciting project. We want to thank all levels of government for their support which has enabled this plant renewal project to proceed. The plant has provided safe, reliable, quality water to the province’s residents for more than 65 years. We anticipate this renewal project will enable it to continue to provide that resource to provincial residents well into the future,” said Ryan Johnson, CEO, BPTWC.
The approximate cost of the BPWTC Renewal Project is now $325.6 million. Under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), the Government of Canada is contributing more than $89.13 million toward the project and the Government of Saskatchewan is providing more than $74.26 million. BPWTC, owned by the cities of Regina and Moose Jaw, is funding the remaining $162.2 million.
In May 2022, BPWTC was approved by the cities of Regina and Moose Jaw to obtain additional financing to fund an increase in original project cost of $252.8 million due to the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain issues, the war in Ukraine, inflation and other factors.