The federal and provincial governments have made a joint investment in drinking water in southern Saskatchewan.

The funding will be used to upgrade electrical systems at the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant. The governments are investing a combined $20 million — with the remainder of funding coming from the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Corporation. The project will cost around $32.1 million to complete.

The investment will replace the plant’s old electrical substation, improve the power supply and upgrade the raw water pumps to prevent any electrical failures in the future.

The project is meant to give the plant reliable and sustainable backup power to minimize service interruptions and prevent any drinking water advisories.