Kipling officially celebrates water treatment plant

September 19, 2022, 7:41 am
Sierra D’Souza Butts - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

From left are Souris-Moose Mountain MP Dr. Robert Kitchen, Mayor of Kipling Pat Jackson and Moosomin MLA Steven Bonk cutting the ribbon for the town’s water treatment plant.

On Sept. 16, the Town of Kipling officially held the grand opening for the town’s water treatment plant.

Mayor of Kipling Pat Jackson was ecstatic for the town to finally celebrate this important milestone.

“This whole project was shy of $4.46 million,” she said.

“The federal and provincial governments covered 75 per cent for this project, we owe them a lot of gratitude.

“The Town of Kipling covered the remaining 25 per cent, through our clean and waste water fund.”

Although the town started using the water treatment plant in fall 2019, they were unable to hold their grand opening in 2020 due to Covid restrictions.

“We’re going ahead with it now because we need to be celebrating it,” Jackson said.

“We’ve got water now that, when you turn on the tap, it comes our clear and that is wonderful.”

Residents and the town council were happy to attend the event, along with MP to Souris-Moose Mountain Dr. Robert Kitchen and Moosomin MLA Steven Bonk.

“I think it’s fantastic for the community to see this being opened and to celebrate it,” said Kitchen.

“This is about hope, this is about expanding where we should be going, and moving along, not only the town of Kipling, but the surrounding areas as well.”

Bonk added that he felt it was important to be present at the big event.

“Infrastructure projects in general are extremely important for this part of the province,” he said.

“There’s a big need to improve and upgrade. I want to give a lot of credit to the council of Kipling because this is a bit of a financial risk for them, but with the partnership between the federal, provincial, and municipal government, projects like this can go ahead.”