August 15, 2005

Federal-provincial infrastructure funds will help Regina deal with heavy storm runoff

REGINA, SASK-Regina's ability to handle runoff from intense summer storms will be improved with a total investment of $9 million from all three levels of government to upgrade the city's drainage and wastewater systems. This is the first major investment to be made through the new Canada-Saskatchewan Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (C-S MRIF), signed in January 2005. The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan will each contribute $1.7 million over two years, with the city of Regina providing the remaining $5.75 million. Over the next two years, the Regina drainage and wastewater improvements project will focus on construction, expansion and renewal of this infrastructure to prevent property damage from flooding and maintain domestic sewer service at current acceptable standards. Among the project components are: construction of a large-capacity detention pond to increase the system's ability to handle large runoff events; construction of storm trunk sewers and renewal of existing domestic sewer lines; construction of a combined wastewater and stormwater pumping station; and dredging and sediment removal from Wascana Creek. The four-year C-S MRIF represents a total investment of $76 million by the federal and provincial governments. Participating communities are expected to contribute half the cost of any project, which will raise the total infrastructure investment to as much as $152 million. Community projects are reviewed under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the provincial Environmental Assessment Act.

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