Council approves Public Private Partnership for Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade

February 26, 2013

Last night City Council approved a Public Private Partnership (P3) approach for the wastewater treatment plant upgrade. This means the City will have a single, long-term contract with a consortium of companies to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the plant. The City of Regina will continue to own and control the wastewater treatment plant.

“We know P3s work based on numerous successful projects across Canada and around the world. This approach provides the best value for Regina residents,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “It means we will have cost certainty, reduced risk, and we could also access more than $50 million in federal funding through the P3 Canada Fund.”

“This is an exciting time for Regina with two P3 projects underway – the wastewater treatment plant and the stadium. Sharing the cost of large projects with the private sector and other orders of government leverages dollars provided by Regina residents,” said Fougere.

The wastewater treatment plant upgrades are estimated to cost up to $224.3 million, and will be one of the City’s largest and most complex capital projects to date.

The City of Regina must upgrade its wastewater treatment plant to meet new environmental regulations and ensure we can meet the needs of residents now and into the future. The City also recognizes the need to invest in an upgraded facility to:

  • Protect public health and our environment,
  • Improve water quality for downstream residents and businesses,
  • Meet the needs of our growing population, and
  • Repair or replace parts of the current plant that have reached the end of their lives.

The City will set the rates for wastewater treatment and hold the contractors responsible to meet financial and environmental standards.

“All wastewater treatment plant employees will be protected,” said Fougere. “While employees will be transferred to positions with the contractor selected to operate the new plant, labour regulations will be adhered to ensuring employees keep the terms and benefits included in their current collective agreement. Employees may also have an opportunity to return to employment with the City if they do not want to be employed by the private contractor. The City will be discussing this and other issues with the applicable union representatives."