The town of White City and the Emerald Park area of the R.M of Edenwold will be able to construct a new wastewater facility, thanks to federal and provincial funding announced on Monday.
Ottawa and the province will both chip in a total of 7.3 million dollars each, with the White City and Edenwold Waste Water Management Authority covering the rest.
The estimated total cost is around $22 million making the governments covered portion equal to the Authorities .
Central Services Minister Christine Tell said this project is essential when it comes to continued growth of the communities.
“This is the fastest growing community in Canada, and the one thing that will hold it back is the lack of adequate and appropriate infrastructure, today is another step in the continued growth of these communities,” Tell said on Monday.
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale agreed with Minister Tell.
“This is funding that was earmarked a number of years ago from the Build Canada fund, in the original federal allocation of 65 billion dollars over the coming ten years, we have added to that and in fact almost tripled that number to 180 billion over the coming 12 years, but this money comes from the original funding,” Goodale said.
Construction is expected to begin sometime in 2017, with a completion date set for 2018.
Chair of the Wastewater Management Authority and White City Town Councillor Cecil Snyder says the new facility will be built for the future and continued growth of the communities.
“The RFP that has gone out is for a system that will have the capacity to support a population of about 15,000 people, right now between the two communities we have about 5,000 people, so it is a long term project,” Snyder said.
Snyder also said the funding announced by Ottawa and the province was an essential part of being able to construct the facility all at once and not have to continue to build it piece-by-piece as the area continues to grow.