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Saskatoon exploring second water treatment plant to keep up with growing population
City anticipates population of 500,000
August 5, 2022 By Ground Water Canada
Saskatoon – The city is in the planning stages for a second water treatment plant to be able to accommodate the needs of a population that could reach 500,000 in the coming years.
The city’s first treatment plant was established in 1906 and has since expanded its capacity to 250 million litres per day.
“We will continue to utilize and upgrade our current water treatment plant and infrastructure for years to come, but we need to begin planning the development of a second plant to increase treatment capacity,” Pamela Hamoline, interim director of Saskatoon Water, said. “A second plant would eventually bring our total treatment capacity to 450 million litres per day, which is necessary for an expected population of 500,000 in the coming years.”
On Monday, the water treatment long term capital strategy will go before the city’s standing policy committee on environment, utilities and corporate services. Its report highlights the current and future steps needed to increase treatment capacity.
“Despite many successful water conservation efforts, as well as maintenance and upgrades over the years, it is unrealistic to depend on our 116-year-old water treatment plant to keep up with future demand,” Hamoline said.
She said an internal decision quality team is committed to ensuring the alignment of the city’s strategic goals in determining a treatment plant expansion strategy, including the goal of environmental leadership to reduce the city’s environmental footprint and promoting responsible use of resources.
“The team still has a lot of work to do and is currently exploring funding strategies so it can report the findings to city council. That work will include looking into opportunities and partnerships with federal and provincial funding programs.”
The city has a draft engagement plan in the works as well, focusing on identifying major stakeholders and opportunities for proactive public communication.
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