City council is looking into joining a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the City of Lloydminster and the Saskatchewan Water Corporation.
The MOU would see a collaboration on an agreement where the city would potentially sell bulk potable water for distribution to several municipalities and future developments on the Saskatchewan side.
“This is the beginning of a process that will come back to city council for approval or not approval. It is an opportunity to explore possibilities with SaskWater, and that’s what we will be doing,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers.
Aalbers added there will be benefits to this MOU for the city.
“Working as a region has great benefits, versus working as an individual, so before you put a water treatment facility in every community, is there a possibility that you operate from a hub?” he said.
He noted today the city is not using the full allocation of water that it is able to produce, so it was worth exploring potential ideas to help neighbouring communities.
“Every community has water, wastewater, and infrastructure challenges you just add more zeros. As we know we have an $80-million wastewater treatment plant on the horizon … if we can work together as communities it’s in our best interest,” said Aalbers.
Coun. Jonathan Torresan said the potential of partnering with SaskWater could provide additional revenue.
“As we look at our water utility system, overall we have some really big costs coming, and some big, long-term debt payments coming. So, anything we can do to potentially increase the revenue could be a benefit to the city,” he said.
There is still a lot that needs to be looked at, but the potential is there for a type of partnership.
“There’s going to be a lot of nitty-gritty that has to be worked out between SaskWater Corp and our administration before we make any decisions,” said Torresan.