New Sewage Treatment Plant
The City of Regina is upgrading its sewage 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).
Need to upgrade
The City of Regina must build a new sewage treatment plant to meet new environmental regulations. This is one of our largest and most complex capital projects to date. A new plant is essential so we can:
- Protect public health and our environment,
- Improve water quality for downstream residents and businesses, and
- Meet the needs of our growing population.
Regina has a long history of environmental stewardship and responsible sewage treatment. A new plant will protect Wascana Creek and the Qu’Appelle River system.
Together with world-class, independent consultants, we have scrutinized our options for the new sewage treatment plant. Twelve procurement options were evaluated, and the top five were assessed in even greater detail. The preferred approach and an alternative were presented to City Council. On February 25, 2013, Council unanimously approved the recommended option – a P3.
The upgrades are estimated to cost $224.3 million with a P3 model based on construction starting in 2014 and completing in 2016. The P3 model uses residents’ money wisely. It provides the best value and has been approved for $58.5 million in federal funding.
Ownership and control
We will always own and control the sewage treatment plant. Only the City will set utility rates.
Staff, residents and downstream neighbours
All sewage treatment staff will be transferred to positions with the P3 contractor. Their rights will be protected, and their salaries, seniority levels, and vacation time will be maintained according to the terms of their collective agreement.
Residents won’t see any interruptions or changes in service during construction or when we transition to the new plant. The upgrade will protect public health and improve the quality of Wascana Creek and Qu’Appelle River receiving waters for our downstream neighbours