Canada’s Water Security Agency Backs Over 60 Water Infrastructure Projects.

Canada’s Water Security Agency (WSA) is actively promoting over 60 crucial water infrastructure projects in 2024-25, with a primary focus on ensuring that our infrastructure facilitates a sustainable, adaptable, and dependable water supply for Saskatchewan.

“Water infrastructure is a top priority for our government, as it facilitates the provision of water for domestic, industrial, recreational, and agricultural uses,” stated Minister Responsible for the Water Security Agency David Marit. “Our water management structures are essential in meeting the rising water demands of a growing province.”

Out of the $42 million allocated for this fiscal year, nearly $17 million is being dedicated to six major projects, which include:

– Craven Dam: Fishway bulkheads and lifting system
– Buffalo Pound Dam: Emergency spillway upgrades
– East Side Pumpstation (Lake Diefenbaker): Substation upgrades
– Gardiner Dam: Public safety and operator safety upgrades (considered two projects)
– Moosomin Dam: Spillway upgrades

Numerous other dam infrastructure projects are in the works across various regions of the province, encompassing areas around Cumberland House, Meadow Lake, Outlook, Craik, Cypress Hills, Swift Current, Lafleche-Val Marie, Humboldt-Watrous, Fort Qu’Appelle, Craven, Regina, Saskatoon, and Estevan, with some already underway or in the preliminary planning stage.

“These projects are crucial in ensuring that we can maintain resilient infrastructure that safeguards our communities and enables effective water management during floods and droughts,” Marit emphasized.

“SUMA and the cities, towns, villages, resort villages, and northern municipalities that we represent are grateful for WSA’s investment in upgrading water infrastructure,” expressed SUMA President Randy Goulden. “These structures are vital in ensuring that our communities have access to a sustainable water supply, particularly during periods of drought.”

Since 2007, WSA has injected over $280 million into the maintenance, upgrading, and rehabilitation of water management structures throughout Saskatchewan. WSA is the owner and operator of 72 dams and control structures, as well as a network of canals and conveyance channels across the province.

Source :Water Security Agency

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