SASKATOON — Construction of a new lift station on the west shore of the South Saskatchewan River is now underway after the same site at Spadina is nearing the end of its service life.
“We rely on the existing Spadina Lift Station to transport about sixty per-cent of Saskatoon’s wastewater from the sanitary sewer system to the Wastewater Treatment Plant,” said Saskatoon Water director Russ Munro.
“The lift station is more than seventy years old and has reached a point where major modifications would be necessary for it to keep up with growing capacity. It is more cost effective to build a new one.”
The City of Saskatoon is grateful for its funding partnership with the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan to help make this project a reality.
Under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, the Government of Canada will fund up to $7.2 million towards the Spadina Lift Station project and the Government of Saskatchewan will contribute up to $5,999,400. The remainder of the $18 million project will be funded by the City of Saskatoon, along with any additional costs.
A second building on the same site was completed in 2016 and serves as a bypass lift station. It operates whenever the primary lift station can not meet the flow demand. Unlike the existing lift station, it will not be demolished and will remain in use following completion of the new lift station.
Beginning on October 12, the Meewasin Trail next to the lift station site will be closed and trail users will be detoured onto a temporary trail. The original trail will reopen once construction is complete in 2023.