Residents of Saskatoon’s central valley have been complaining of the effects of the growing snowfall, and now there’s a new one to deal with.
In the past, the city has put out an emergency request for drainage systems to be built to help protect homes from the harsh weather.
But this year, it’s taken a new approach.
The city says it will put out a request for new drainage systems next week, and has invited private landowners to provide bids for the work.
“This is the first time we’ve ever asked for drainage,” said Coun.
“It’s a pretty significant development in terms of the amount of funding we’re asking for.”
The city has also issued an emergency call for more than 700 private contractors to come up with proposals for the drainage work.
Construction will start in early April and be completed by the end of the summer.
In its bid, the municipality also says the work will help to protect the city’s water supply.
It says it needs the new drainage to keep the city water safe from flooding.
The work will cost $1.9 million, and is expected to be completed in about a year.
Frieson said the city expects the work to be complete before the end, but it’s also not entirely clear what the impact will be.
“We’re not totally sure what it’s going to do to our water supply, but we’re sure that there are impacts to other parts of the city, too,” he said.
“What it’s doing to our air is absolutely devastating, and it’s taking away from our water.”
In its request, the Saskatchewan government says the drainage works will help keep water safe.
“The city has identified a number of water management issues that may be related to this new project,” the province said in a news release.
“As a result, the government is requesting that the City of Saskaton conduct a study and undertake a water quality assessment to determine the impact of the project on the city.”
While there’s no word yet on how many private contractors will be involved in the project, the mayor’s office has asked the private landowners who have been applying for drainage bids to apply for the same.
In addition to the new request for the new work, the Saskatoon mayor’s administration also says it’s sending out an email invitation to the private contractors, inviting them to come forward with bids to help with the construction of the drainage system.
The Saskatoon city has said it’s already received more than 200 applications for the project.