The Federal Government is trying to keep the water system flowing in Saskatchewan, but it’s facing a shortage of water supplies, as the city of Saskatoon struggles to keep up with demand for water.
The province is working with the Federal Government to keep Saskatchewan’s water supply from being cut off.
“This is a situation where we need to maintain a sufficient supply of water for the people in Saskatchewan and we need the Federal government to work with us in order to continue to do so,” Saskatoon Mayor Steve Churchill said Thursday.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that we have enough water for our residents and for the businesses that we’re operating in, so we need all of the water that we can get.”
The City of Saskton’s water system is one of the major systems in the city and has been on a constant drip.
The city’s mayor says Saskatoon needs $1.5 billion for a new water system.
The water system was built in the late 1950s and is one-third full.
In order to keep Saskatoon’s water running, Churchill says the city will need to raise an additional $1 billion in taxes.
“We’ve got to raise some additional money for the city, to cover our operating expenses and the expenses of paying for things like sewage treatment,” Churchill said.
Saskatoon Mayor says water system needs $9 billion to stay afloat, but is in the process of raising $1B in taxes to fund a new systemThe city is also in the midst of a major water supply upgrade project.
It’s a $1-billion project that will add an additional water system to the system.
“In order for us to continue operating, we’re going to need to build a new, larger system that is capable of delivering water from the city to the city,” Churchill added.
Shelley’s water is a key concern.
The community relies on the system for drinking water, sanitation and for irrigation.
“The whole purpose of the system is to provide drinking water and sanitation services,” Shelley Mayor Karen Sturgis said.
“And that’s why we’re looking to build our new system.”
Shellex Water and Sewerage said it is in a difficult situation.
The company says it’s in the first phase of a project that could take several years to complete.
“That’s not to say that it’s not possible,” Shellex Water said in a statement.
“What we’re asking for, the City of Shellex, is for the City to come up with a plan to proceed with the project and not to proceed without a plan.”
“In the interim, Shellex will continue to be in a state of emergency, and Shellex residents will need extra supplies to meet their daily needs, such as drinking water.”
The project could cost as much as $3.5 million.
Sewage Minister Brad Duguid says the water project is important for the province, but also for Saskatoon.
“Saskatchewan is a very important region for our industry.
So, it’s important to be able to continue supplying water to the people of Saskonia,” Duguid said.
The city said it’s working with Duguid and others to find an appropriate amount of water.
Skeet River Mayor Joe Mungro said he hopes the money can be used to rebuild and modernize the community’s water infrastructure.
“With the city that we are now, there’s an average of about 30,000 customers that come through,” Mungra said.
“And that number is going up, so that’s going to take a big chunk of the money that is currently in place.”
Skeets River Mayor says there’s not enough water coming into town to keep it afloatThe city says it will be asking for another $1 million to continue the water infrastructure project.
“I think it’s a really, really tough situation for us,” Shelleys Mayor said.