The City of Regina has started to drain nearly all the water from the Sandra Schmirler retention pond so crews can repair control valves located near the bottom of the pond.
The water from the pond will be released at a controlled rate into the storm drains and make its way into Wascana Creek.
A retention pond is used to collect and store rainfall runoff from streets and adjacent land. The valves control the flow of water into the storm drains. The Sandra Schmirler retention pond is currently at a high level and this repair will help prevent possible flooding in the spring.
Residents may notice a slight odour in spring as snowmelt mixes with the stagnant water, but it is expected that the pond should naturally refill quickly.
Draining the pond will take approximately two days and the repair work is expected to be complete by the long weekend, weather dependent.