PILOT BUTTE, SASK — The federal and Saskatchewan governments have announced funding to upgrade and expand the Town of Pilot Butte’s wastewater treatment facilities and stormwater management systems.
The wastewater plant upgrades include new pumping and pipeline infrastructure, an expansion and upgrade of the existing lagoon and the addition of effluent disinfection equipment.
The Government of Canada and Saskatchewan are each contributing up to $2.1 million towards this project, with the Town of Pilot Butte responsible for all remaining costs. The total estimated cost of this project is approximately $6.5 million.
Other infrastructure work underway in Pilot Butte was also announced recently.
Stormwater drainage infrastructure is currently under construction on Arbor Street and the surrounding area.
When complete, this work will control erosion, prevent flooding and reduce the burden on the sanitary sewer system.
Additionally, stormwater drainage infrastructure is being improved in five other areas of the town, which will reduce the risk of flooding damage to private and commercial properties.
"Effective disaster mitigation projects reduce the vulnerability of our communities to the negative impacts of extreme natural events," said Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale in a statement. "These wastewater and disaster mitigation projects in Pilot Butte will protect the local environment, support economic growth and help keep this community healthy for generations to come."
Once completed, the projects will collectively increase the resilience and sustainability of Pilot Butte and better protect the property and lives of everyone working and living in the area.
"The Town of Pilot Butte appreciates the investments by the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan in our community's infrastructure," said Pilot Butte Mayor Peggy Chorney. "Without the support of other levels of government, projects like these would be challenging to complete on our own. Our town's wastewater project will enable us to continue to build a sustainable community that meets the needs of our residents now and into the future."