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Graham and Aecon to retrofit Saskatchewan water treatment plant

By Adam Freill   

Construction Infrastructure

Joint venture between construction firms awarded construction contract for Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant renewal project.

(Photo: Government of Saskatchewan)

Graham Infrastructure and its joint venture partner Aecon Water Infrastructure have been awarded a $273 million construction contract for the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant renewal project by the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Corporation. This award follows the joint venture’s successful completion of Phase I early contractor involvement, which included engineering, constructability and pre-construction services for the same project.

The scope of work includes demolition, earthworks, structural fabrication, electrical and instrumentation work, and the construction of concrete foundations and commercial buildings to deliver both new and retrofitted infrastructure. The upgrades will modernize technology and increase the capacity of the facility.

Situated near Moose Jaw, Sask., the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant provides potable water to over 260,000 residents in the cities of Regina, Moose Jaw and surrounding areas. The rejuvenated plant will be able to meet the forecasted demands of the regional requirements for potable water for decades.

“We are proud to be upgrading such a critical piece of infrastructure,” says Ian Dickinson, executive vice-president of Water at Graham. “The original plant was commissioned in 1955 and last upgraded over 30 years ago. This renewal is crucial to meet the region’s growing population and its demand for safe and reliable potable water.”


The project is using a Progressive-Design-Build model, which Dickinson says, “has enabled a partnership approach throughout the preconstruction phase and has been invaluable in enabling the project to move forward into construction.”

Construction is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2022.




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