Silver award for innovation and excellence in P3s awarded to the City of Saint John Safe, Clean Drinking Water Project

The Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships (CCPPP) has awarded the City of Saint John Safe, Clean Drinking Water Project a silver award in the project development category of the 2017 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in P3.

The CCPPP Awards Committee found this project to be the perfect example of applying a P3 procurement model to allow municipal governments to replace aging critical water infrastructure in a timely, integrated and comprehensive manner. The project will deliver reliable high quality water to the residents of Saint John, ending the need for frequent boil water orders. As a result of using the P3 model, the DBFOM project has an estimated total cost saving of $24.1 million.

“We are extremely pleased to support the delivery of this landmark project for the City of Saint John, and to be part of the team that is establishing a model for the successful delivery of drinking water infrastructure and services across the country.”, said Darren Sokoloski, ACCIONA President and Country Director.

In addition to being the single largest municipal infrastructure investment in NB’s history, the project is the first large scale drinking water P3 in Canada. The project is unique in that it combines greenfield and brownfield aspects as a well as DBFOM and DBF delivery models. Once completed, the project will result in a new 75 million litre water treatment facility, new storage reservoirs, water transmission system improvements as well as the upgrade of existing 100+ year old underground infrastructure.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.