Wastewater Treatment Facility Project


Town of Lumsden news release

Friday, April 22, 2022

Today, the Town of Lumsden celebrated the completion of its new wastewater treatment facilities and its associated solar project – and thanked all involved in making these infrastructure initiatives a reality.

Following design and site preparation, ground was broken for construction of the wastewater treatment plant in the spring of 2019.

The new and modern wastewater treatment plant uses a process involving biological nutrient removal in sequencing batch reactors and ultraviolet disinfection. This transforms the Town of Lumsden’s wastewater into treated effluent. Solid byproducts from this treatment process are concentrated, digested, dewatered and dealt with in an environmentally benign manner.

The plant can treat wastewater for about 2,500 people and can expand to serve more than double the Town of Lumsden’s current population. Stantec Consulting designed the facility and Graham Construction and Engineering built it. The new infrastructure helps better protect the environment and replaces the existing sewage lagoon system, which was unable to expand to accommodate population growth.

The approximately $21 million Lumsden Wastewater Treatment Facility Project was funded under the New Building Canada Fund with the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan each contributing more than $6.7 million toward the infrastructure. The Town of Lumsden funded the remainder of the project, which was commissioned in fall of 2021.

Work on a related Lumsden Solar Project at four municipal locations began in the summer of 2020.

Now complete is a solar array near the wastewater plant on the eastside of Lumsden that can produce 616 Kilowatts of electricity that can be saved to a 1.2 Megawatt battery energy storage system. This helps power the treatment process of the new wastewater plant. Work is also complete to allow solar power to run the main sewage lift station. MiEnergy designed this solar system and worked with Graham Construction to have it installed and integrated into the wastewater treatment facilities process.

Work is also completed on solar infrastructure for the Lumsden Recycling Centre. The remaining solar infrastructure for the south sewage lift station is expected to be completed later this year.

The entire solar project is approximately $2.7 million with the Government Canada funding up to $1.1 million under the Low Carbon Economy Fund and the Town of Lumsden funding the remainder.

“The Town of Lumsden’s Solar Project and the modernization of its wastewater treatment facilities demonstrate that the transition to a low-carbon economy is an opportunity to couple economic development and environmental stewardship. Working collaboratively with our provincial and municipal partners in Saskatchewan and across the country, our Government will continue to invest to improve Canadians’ quality of life and build healthier, more resilient communities,” said The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.

 “Communities across Canada like Lumsden are confronting the climate crisis head on, finding ways of managing the risks it poses to our health, economy, security and biodiversity. Our Government launched the Low Carbon Economy Fund to get behind community leaders who are trying to build a sustainable low-carbon economy. This is a team effort. Bravo to the leadership shown by the Town of Lumsden, Saskatchewan, to do your part in helping to reduce polluting emissions and build a resilient community,” said the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

“The Government of Saskatchewan is proud of its more than $6.7 million investment toward the completion of the Town of Lumsden’s Wastewater Treatment Facility Project. This new infrastructure will help protect the environment, support growth, and contribute to an even stronger Saskatchewan,” said Mr. Travis Keisig, MLA for Last Mountain-Touchwood, on behalf of the Hon. Don McMorris, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Government Relations.

“Thanks to funding from the federal and provincial governments, along with the expertise of our contractors and the hard work of our facility operators, the Town of Lumsden now has a new and modern wastewater treatment facility and solar power infrastructure. These infrastructure initiatives help protect the Qu’Appelle River, its many users, the environment, lowers our carbon footprint, and positions our community for future growth and prosperity. Today’s official grand opening is a wonderful way to celebrate Earth Day,” said His Worship Bryan Matheson, Mayor of the Town of Lumsden.

Town of Lumsden Mayor Bryan Matheson (left) and Town of Lumsden Councillor Rhonda Phillips (right) cutting the ribbon at the Official Grand Opening Ceremony of the new Wastewater Treatment Facility and Solar Project.

Town of Lumsden Councillor Rhonda Phillips who was the Master of Ceremonies for the Official Grand Opening.



Grand Opening of the Wastewater Treatment Facility – April 22, 2022

Lumsden Community Members/Residents

Interested community members/residents are welcome at the Grand Opening of the Lumsden Wastewater Treatment Facilities and Solar Projects

When:  Friday, April 22, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. appropriately on EARTH DAY!

Where:  New Wastewater Treatment Plant, 300 Qu’Appelle Drive East, Lumsden Saskatchewan

Click Here for google map directions

What:  There will be an outdoor speaking program to recognize those who have funded the projects and those who were involved in its successful completion, followed by a ribbon cutting, the opportunity for tours and detailed explanations.




Wastewater Treatment Facilities Project May 2021 Update

Lumsden’s new Wastewater Treatment system is a fantastic step forward. Sewage treatment capacity in Lumsden is being increased while at the same time addressing environmental impact, air quality and greenhouse gas emissions.


Lift Station

Sewage from throughout Lumsden is pumped from this new lift station on 2nd Avenue, east to the Wastewater Treatment Facility


Headworks Building

The sewage first arrives at the headworks building which houses a grit removal system.



The new plant treats the sewage. The sequencing batch reactors reduce biochemical oxygen demand, nitrogen and phosphorus compounds in the liquid effluent. Soon, the UV disinfection system will be operating and the liquids will be removed from the plant. The treatment of the solid stream will also be started up soon.



The solar array to the north will provide a large portion of the electricity required to run the new facility. The panels are in place. Cables are being laid and the battery equipment is expected to arrive before summer.



The biofilter cleans the air from the headworks building and plant so that no odours or undesirable gases are released.


Click Here for August 26 Project Update  


May 22, 2020
Lift Station

The big hole on 2nd Avenue gives access to remove old sewage infrastructure and replace it with new.

Contractors are accessing the old infrastructure under 2nd Avenue.  New piping will go in the ground and a new Lift Station will be constructed.

Outfall Structure

Rip rap of large boulders and matting protect the bank of the Qu’Appelle River.


Wastewater Treatment Building

Brickwork continues on the outside of the Wastewater Treatment Building.

Headworks Building

Brick work is finished on the outside of the Headworks Building and the scaffolding has been taken down.

June 2019:

Celebration of Construction at New Wastewater Facility:  Press Release June 18 2019


March 2019:

The Town of Lumsden has signed the contract with Graham Construction to build the Wastewater Treatment Facility in Lumsden.


FALL 2018:

The Town of Lumsden has broken ground on a new Wastewater Treatment Facility, to replace the existing lagoons. The road and facility site have been leveled and are ready for work to commence in the spring!


Proposed Wastewater Treatment Facility 

Lumsden WWTP Background September 2017

1969-2014 Timeline & Update

2012 Wastewater FACTS
Sewage 101 Report
Wastewater Management Strategy – May 2007 (large pdf file)


News Release – Town of Lumsden Receives funding – 2016

Waterfront Press Article – July 21, 2016 – Funding Announcement

Wastewater Treatment Facility Conceptual Design Report – July 2011


Wastewater Treatment Facility Preliminary Design  – December 2011

Wastewater Treatment Facility Preliminary Design  – December 2011
Preliminary Design Appendix A – Flow Data
Preliminary Design Appendix B – Drawings
Preliminary Design Appendix C – Geotechnical Investigation
Preliminary Design Appendix D – Cost Estimates

Conceptual Design Study for Short Term Wastewater Management-July 2011

Short Term Wastewater Management Strategy – Predesign Report – February 2012