Continued improvements to Saskatchewan water and wastewater systems on on the agenda for 75 communities.
On Friday both the federal and provincial government announced a joint funding amount of more than 94-million dollars.
Along with money from local municipalities, the communities chosen to receive the funding will see new sewage treatment lagoons, upgrades to sewage pumps and improvements for drinking water supply systems before then end of next year.
Minister of Infrastructure and Communications and Government Realations Minister, Donna Harpauer said the selection process was no easy task.
“Obviously there was more applications than we were able to accept right now with this allocation, so what we looked at first was health and safety. That is number one in the system when choosing because with water there is always health and safety concerns,” Harpauer said on Friday.
Harpauer says they also took into account how ready communities and municipalities were to get their projects underway due to the fact they must be complete before the end of 2018.
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale was also on hand for the announcement, he said the funding is distributed equally.
“The funding is a three way arrangement, the federal government essentially picks up half of the cost, the province picks up a quarter and about a quarter is paid by the local municipality,” Goodale told reporters on Friday.
The largest amount of funding received is in Melville, where over 10-million dollars will go towards new wells and a water supply pipeline.