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Residents and officials from the Town of Dundurn, RM of Dundurn and Resort Villages of Thode and Shields gathered today to celebrate the grand opening of the Dundurn and Area Wastewater Utility management system at the Blackstrap reservoir. Officials from all levels of government were in attendance.
Improvements to the reliability and performance of the wastewater collection and treatment system have been completed, thanks to accelerated funding from Canada’s Economic Action Plan through the Building Canada Fund - Communities Component. The project involved construction of a new three-cell lagoon and centralized collection and force main system to manage the wastewater from the Town of Dundurn, R.M. of Dundurn, and resort villages of Thode and Shields, located near an environmentally sensitive watershed. The Utility was presented the Environmental Stewardship Award at the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards for the project in Regina this past May.
Today’s event is another example of projects across our province and our country that are up and running thanks to Canada’s Economic Action Plan,” said the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification and Member of Parliament for Blackstrap. “
This modernized system will improve the reliability and performance of the wastewater collection and treatment system and enhance future growth opportunities in and around Dundurn, Thode, and Shields.”
The Dundurn Wastewater Utility project is a great example of the partnership and collaboration that make Saskatchewan such a great place to be,” MLA Greg Brkich said on behalf of Municipal Affairs Minister Darryl Hickie. “
This project has contributed to the quality of life for residents in the area and will support future growth as our province continues to prosper.”
The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan each invested over $3 million in the project. The Dundurn Wastewater Utility Board contributed the balance for a total project cost of more than $9 million.
Those of us who’ve been involved in the design and construction of this project are excited to see it reach completion,” said R. Fred Wilson, Reeve, R.M. of Dundurn, and Chairman of Dundurn and Area Wastewater Utility. “
The new lagoons are an environmentally-responsible and more efficient solution to manage wastewater disposal services.”
This project is one of 46 projects across the province that was able to break ground quickly and take advantage of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan took steps to get shovels in the ground and to flow money faster for targeted infrastructure projects in Saskatchewan communities in the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.
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