Advanced polls sewage referendum Regina

People are coming out to vote in the advanced polls for Regina's wastewater treatment plant referendum. (CBC)

Regina's upcoming sewage treatment plant referendum has some voters confused. 

The vote is about how the city will build and operate its new sewage treatment plant; through a public-private partnership (P3), or through a design-bid-build process that leaves the plant and its operations as a public responsibility. 

'I have watched both sides and it's still not clear' - Jackie Staples, Regina

"I have watched both sides and it's still not clear," said Regina resident Jackie Staples. 

There has been a lot of advertising and information available from both the 'vote yes' and 'vote no' sides of the argument, but people in the city say they're still not entirely clear which vote supports which campaign.

"When they sent the first one out to vote no it didn't really explain itself," said Dan McKay.

'Yes' means 'no' to P3

Because some voters apparently see the referendum as a question about using a P3, a few people are surprised that 'yes' really means they're rejecting a P3 model, while 'no' would support the city's plan. 

Here's what the votes really mean:

  • A 'yes' vote supports the argument put forth by Regina Water Watch. The group advocates keeping the plant as a city responsibility alone.
  • A 'no' vote supports the city's original proposal, to use a P3 model. 

CBC Saskatchewan has created a practice ballot so you can be clear on your vote ahead of the referendum. 

That the Council of the City of Regina publicly finance, operate and maintain the new wastewater treatment plant for Regina through a traditional Design, Bid, Build (DBB) approach.

Click a choice to see what it means:

YES
NO

If you vote Yes:

• you support the proposal to use a traditional project approach for upgrading the wastewater treatment plant.

• you reject the P3 approach.

This is the choice that Regina Water Watch encourages.

If you vote No:

• you reject the proposal to use a traditional project approach for upgrading the wastewater treatment plant.

• you support the P3 approach.

This is the choice that the City of Regina encourages.

You can cast a real ballot on Wednesday. Click here for more information about how to vote in the referendum.