Regina's Wastewater Treatment Plant is now approximately 75 per cent complete nearly eighteen months after construction began.
According to the city, construction of the new plant and upgrades to the existing plant are on budget and slightly ahead of schedule. The upgraded plant is scheduled to be substantially completed by December next year. Upgrades to the plant address higher provincial effluent regulations and standards and provide capacity for growth.
"We could not be more pleased that this project is on budget and ahead of schedule," said Mayor Michael Fougere. "Reginans and neighbouring communities look forward to the improved water quality and environmental benefits these upgrades will provide."
The next phase of the project will tie the existing plant into the Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) system and the secondary clarifiers. "We are pleased that the construction and upgrade of the plant has progressed so successfully," said Brent Sjoberg, Regina's deputy city manager. "Following completion, tests will be run to ensure the new plant meets or exceeds the environmental regulations set by the Water Security Agency."
The City of Regina is upgrading its wastewater treatment plant to meet new environmental regulations. The City held a referendum on how to build the plant on September 25, 2013, and voters supported Council's decision to proceed with a public-private-partnership (P3).
On May 29, 2014, the City of Regina announced that EPCOR has been chosen as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the City's new Wastewater Treatment Plant. By July 11, 2014, the city had reached financial close. On August 1, 2014 EPCOR became the wastewater treatment provider, taking on operations of the existing facility until the new plant is complete in December 2016.