Waste water treatment facility in Lumsden begins construction

The town of Lumsden is building a waste water treatment facility to replace its aging lagoon system.

The $20.3 Million cost of the project will be split equally between the provincial, federal, and municipal governments, and will allow the town to grow up to just under 4,000 people.

Government Relations minister Warren Kaeding said the environment is always a concern with projects like this.

“The environmental factor is always taken into account when we’re looking at projects, so those that have sensitivities are certainly those that are scaled very high when it comes to project acceptance, and this one was certainly one of those.”

Lumsden Mayor Bryan Matheson said despite the price tag, the waste water treatment plant was the best option.

“We looked at lagoons, putting them out of the valley, and we looked at a pipeline to the facility in Regina; everything was $20 Million,” Matheson said. “Once the engineers found out $20 Million was kind of the number, everything was $20 Million, and this was the best $20 Million that we could spend in our mind.”

Design Project Manager Curtis Wibe said the waste water facility will also take care of an odor issue that has plagued the town.

“The foul air is actually run through a separate bio-filter, so the air itself that smells bad is treated before it’s released into the environment as well.”

The project is anticipated to be complete in the fall of 2020.

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