The City of Lloydminster hosted a grand opening ceremony to celebrate the completion of its new mechanical wastewater treatment facility.

Construction of the $81.5-million wastewater system project, funded by the governments of Canada, Alberta and Saskatchewan, along with the City of Lloydminster, was completed in November 2023 and received its permit to operate from the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency in November 2023.

“The City of Lloydminster is thrilled to showcase the new wastewater treatment facility to the region, a project that stands as a testament to our commitment to the environment and the sustainable growth of our community. This facility is pivotal to ensuring a cleaner, healthier future for Lloydminster and the surrounding areas. By investing in such critical infrastructure, we’re laying the groundwork for continued growth while protecting our natural resources,” said Gerald Aalbers, Mayor of the City of Lloydminster.

Using the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) model, the facility was designed with a fixed budget that could not be exceeded. Coming in under budget, the project’s success is mainly due in part to the validation phase of the IPD model, allowing the IPD team (the City, consultant, contractor and other parties involved) to consider all options, costs and associated risks carefully. Once validated, the IPD team worked through the final three phases of the project – design and procurement, construction and warranty. The IPD approach enables continuous communication and collaboration throughout the project, reduces waste while increasing efficiency, and fosters respect for team members and project outcomes, including profitability.

“The successful completion of the new wastewater treatment facility under budget is a testament to the effectiveness of the integrated project delivery model. It fostered a collaborative environment, allowing us to consider all options, costs and associated risks carefully, ensuring project certainty and a higher level of success. This approach has set a new standard for future projects within the City of Lloydminster,” said Don Stang, Executive Manager of Operations, City of Lloydminster.

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The new facility includes an influent lift station, a primary clarifier with a dry pit, an intermediate pump station with fine screens, and Veolia ZeeWeed 500EV membranes. To finish things off, the facility was fitted with a new lab, operations control room and office space. The three existing lagoons, with a total capacity of approximately 500,000 cubic metres, were converted to wet weather and sludge storage.

“The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to work with our provincial, federal and municipal government partners to bring this impressive facility to life. Projects like this demonstrate the importance of collaboration across shared borders, and the result – an improved wastewater treatment plant – will benefit this region for generations. I congratulate the City of Lloydminster and everyone involved in the construction of this facility,” said Don McMorris, Saskatchewan Minister of Government Relations.

Now complete, the new plant will have significant social and environmental benefits, not just for the present and future generations of Lloydminster but also for the downstream cities, towns, villages and Indigenous communities that rely on the North Saskatchewan River for drinking water and recreation.

“Effective wastewater infrastructure plays a vital role in maintaining the well-being of our communities and environment. The new treatment facility will ensure cleaner waterways and also safeguard the North Saskatchewan River’s ecosystem while supporting long-term growth in the region,” said Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, PrairiesCan and CanNor.

The Government of Canada invested over $24.1 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and the National and Regional Projects and Small Communities Fund of the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – New Building Canada Fund. The Government of Alberta contributed $12.7 million. The Government of Saskatchewan contributed $12.1 million through the New Building Canada Fund. The City of Lloydminster provided $32.5 million to secure federal and provincial funding.

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“As communities grow, residents must be able to depend on vital infrastructure to support their everyday needs. That goal becomes easier to achieve when governments work together toward shared priorities. The Alberta government is pleased to contribute to this wastewater project, which will allow the City of Lloydminster to grow and thrive for years to come,” said Ric McIver, Alberta Minister of Municipal Affairs

Featured image: (L-R) Don Stang, Executive Manager of Operations, City of Lloydminster; Garth Rowswell, MLA, Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright; Colleen Young, MLA, Lloydminster; Mayor Gerald Aalbers, City of Lloydminster; Nathan Neudorf, Alberta Minister of Affordability and Utilities and Dion Pollard, City Manager, City of Lloydminster. (City of Lloydminster)

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