The federal and provincial governments announced an investment of more than $51 million for water and wastewater infrastructure Thursday, with a significant amount going to the village of Francis.  

“From agriculture to energy production to hydration, water is essential to healthy and sustainable communities,” Dan Vandal, the federal Minister Responsible for Prairies Economic Development said. "That is why our government is proud to announce these investments to upgrade critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across Saskatchewan. By improving access to essential services and amenities, we are enhancing the quality of housing and enabling communities to meet the critical infrastructure demands associated with growth. We will continue to work with partners to invest in projects that foster a better tomorrow for all Saskatchewanians.” 

“The value of these projects is so much more than dollars: it’s setting communities on a course for continued growth and renewal,” provincial Government Relations Minister Don McMorris added. "As we move into spring construction season, this new and improved infrastructure will produce immediate and long-term benefits and build excitement within our communities as they continue to grow and protect the quality of life of their residents for generations to come.” 

The funding Francis is receiving is for a project to upgrade the water treatment process to meet Groundwater Under the Direct Influence of Surface Water source water requirements and comply with provincial drinking water regulations.  

The federal funding, which is $291,120, is coming from the Green Infrastructure Stream. Another $242,576 will be contributed by the provincial government, with $194,104 coming from the village of Francis itself.  

In all, 34 communities across the province are receiving funding for water infrastructure.