A large drainage pipe has been completed by city crews to ensure excess sewage does not enter Wascana Creek.
The pipe is five feet in diameter, and aims to be able to sustain large rainfall events, which increases the pumping capacity of the McCarthy Boulevard pumping station.
Minister responsible for Government Relations Warren Kaeding said the province had a limited role in the construction of the pipe but found it important to be a funding partner.
“I think any time that we can look at improving our citizen’s well being, and this would certainly be one of those projects that we felt was very worth while in improving how Regina is going able to deal with some of the issues they’ve been facing, and how they’re planning for the future.”
Regina MP Ralph Goodale said this project is about preparing for the worst before it happens.
“It’s going to give Regina better tools and resources to be able to manage unusual water events, we’ve had them in the past, the forecast is that we’ll have more of them to deal with, more frequently and probably in more severe forms in years ahead.”
Mayor Michael Fougere said this was an important project for the city to embark on.
“It’s infrastructure that’s critical to our growth, as a city our population is growing, we’re one of the fastest growing cities in Canada through the last census,” Fougere said. “We need that capacity to actually handle growth in our economy, both for residential,and commercial/industrial.”
While the city only shouldered a quarter of the total cost of construction, they will be responsible for the remaining costs, including further upgrades to the McCarthy Pumping Station planned for later this year.