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Epcor to operate Regina’s wastewater system

EpcorThe Edmonton Journal reports, “Edmonton-based Epcor and four partners have been chosen to design, build and operate a sewage treatment plant in Regina under a public-private partnership. The City of Regina announced Thursday that Epcor Saskatchewan Water Partners was selected from three groups vying for the project. …Epcor Saskatchewan Water Partners includes Epcor Water Services Inc., Graham Infrastructure LP, Lockerbie Stanley Inc./AECON, Stantec, and Gracorp Capital Advisors.”

The Regina Leader Post notes:

  • EPCOR Water Services Inc. EPCOR currently provides services to more than 85 communities across Western Canada.

  • Graham Infrastructure LP. Graham Infrastructure delivers project services to clients across North America. The company started in Moose Jaw and has a permanent office in Regina.

  • Lockerbie Stanley Inc./ AECON. Lockerbie Stanley’s primary business is management, procurement, construction and commissioning.

  • Stantec. Stantec is an international, multi-disciplinary architecture and engineering firm.

  • Gracorp Capital Advisors. Gracorp Capital Advisors provides finance planning, development, financing and long-term asset management services to Canadian infrastructure projects.

“In Regina, the sewage treatment plant project has been approved for up to $58.5 million in federal funding, based on 25 per cent of eligible capital expenses. The next phase of the project is to finalize the contract details. …Construction is to begin later this year.”

The Council of Canadians, in close collaboration with CUPE and Regina Water Watch, campaigned against the privatization of Regina’s wastewater system and continues to monitor the situation there. Maude Barlow stated at a public event in Regina, “When it’s a private company, they have to make a profit and there are only so many ways you can do this. You have to raise water rates higher than the public rates or you have to cut corners somewhere and you have to lay off the work force. I’ve heard horror stories from around the world where private companies have been able to cut corners.”

Further reading
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