Replacing the North Lift Station can be funded by money left over from the $5.9 million lagoon project, according to the Mayor.
Michelle McKenzie said the lift station, which takes wastewater to the lagoon site, had been in a state of disrepair for many years.
An inspection in 2020 had concluded that the station had to be replaced.
It is estimated this could cost $790,000 to $1m.
The Town’s bid to use money left over from the lagoon project has been approved, said McKenzie.
“That is super exciting,” she told the News-Times after the issue was raised at a recent Town Council meeting. “It is excellent news.”
The Town had to carry out wastewater treatment upgrades to meet Federal Waste Water System Effluent Regulations and solve the problem of effluence going into a creek and dam, which is a “fish-bearing body of water”.
The method chosen by the Town was a the Submerged Attached Growth Reactor (SAGR) System, which cost an estimated $5,940,000. On March 26, 2019, it was announced that the Town would receive $3,960,000 from the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan for the upgrades. The Town’s portion was $1.9 million.
Another matter discussed at the Council meeting related to the landfill. McKenzie wondered whether there was a business opportunity in Maple Creek from giving new life to mattresses. Instead of being dumped at the landfill, perhaps they could be cleaned and restored.
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