City To Borrow $30-Million For New Residuals Treatment Facility

The City will proceed to borrow $30-million to construct a Residuals Treatment Facility at the Water Treatment Plant.

Despite continued opposition by Aldermen Ted Clugston and John Hamill, the City will proceed to borrow $30-million to construct a Residuals Treatment Facility at the Water Treatment Plant. The Province is legislating communities across the province to construct the facilities in order to improve water quality as it leaves the cities' processes and re-enters the South Saskatchewan River. Alderman Ted Clugston says he is not arguing about the quality of water, but rather who is going to pay for such a project. His concern is that Medicine Hat has now said it can afford the work and will pay for it through a massive loan, but for other communities who may be at their debt limit, he expects the Province will jump in and offer some financial assistance. Clugston says he looks at it as a double standard and wishes the City would have stood up to the government and demanded assistance before giving full approval for the work.

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