Regina chapter chair Jim Elliot at the water petition launch.
The Regina Leader-Post reports, “A new group (Regina Water Watch) has launched a petition calling for a referendum on how the city replaces its wastewater treatment plant. …It hopes to obtain 20,000 signatures.”
“Florence Stratton, founder of Regina Water Watch, said she has a number of concerns about the fact that the city has voted to move ahead with proposals for a 30-year public-private partnership (P3) contract. …Stratton said such a partnership will ultimately cost taxpayers more money than if the City of Regina retained control of the project. …RWW also believes the P3 deal will result in a reduction of services and quality.”
The mayor of Regina expects to hear back on its funding application to the P3 Canada Fund by May or June. From there, construction on the wastewater plant would begin in 2014 and be operational by 2016.