It's a big project that has been on the books for a number of years, but the cost and logistics of the project kept it from being moved into the budget. But with a growing concern of securing clean, safe drinking water around the world, the City of Moose Jaw is close to completing a new water transmission line that should provide that resource to the community for many years to come.
The Buffalo Pound Transmission Line is a huge project that connects the city's reservoirs to the water treatment plant on the south side of Buffalo Pound Lake, north of the city. That's 19 kilometres of pipe that has to be shipped, serviced and then buried into the ground. No easy task even for the most well-seasoned crews and it's something that has Moose Jaw Director of Engineering Services, Josh Mickleborough taking notes.
"From an engineering perspective, the real impressive part is when you go out to the farmer's fields on the way to the lake and you see the crews there are putting in over two kilometres of pipe a day," said Mickleborough, adding that it's exciting when you think about the logistics of keeping the materials coming in and organizing everyone to avoid delays.
The pipeline is Moose Jaw's only real source of water and if something happened to it, there is only about two days of stored water that the entire city has to draw from.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of July with testing and pressurization happening in August.