Infrastructure Canada has announced water projects for communities in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. In cooperation with the provinces and municipalities, water treatment facilities in the Town of Outlook, SK, and Petit-Rocher, NB, will be provided with upgrades.
The water treatment plant in the Town of Outlook is being upgraded to increase the community’s access to safe and reliable drinking water. Upgrades include the addition of UV disinfection, improving flow through the reservoirs, and constructing a new raw water intake in the South Saskatchewan River. Investments in potable water infrastructure are essential to build healthier and more resilient communities.
Providing communities with reliable and sustainable infrastructure is a shared priority for the governments. The Government of Canada is investing more than $2.9 million in the project, conditional on Indigenous consultation requirements being met, and the Government of Saskatchewan is funding over $2.4 million. The municipality is also contributing more than $1.9 million. Funding recipients are responsible for any additional project costs.
The project in Petit-Rocher will see the construction of a new water treatment system that uses nano filtration, along with the expansion of the existing pump station. Additionally, a new treatment system for the filtration backwash, and connections to municipal water services, will also be built. Once completed, the site will be rehabilitated and expanded with a new parking lot to better assist with increased capacity and demand at the existing centre.
The New Brunswick water treatment system will improve the overall water quality for residents, increase access to potable water, and help end boil water advisories for some members of the community.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $2.5 million in this project through the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of New Brunswick is investing over $1.3 million and the Village of Petit-Rocher is providing over $278,000 in funding.