City Secures Cheaper Chemical Tender

The city of Swift Current will be able to keep a bit more money in its piggy bank next year after it closed its water treatment chemical tender earlier this week.

Swift Current City Council unanimously voted to accept the lowest bids for five out of six chemicals for the water treatment plant next year, saving them a little more than $ 2,300 compared to this year.

“Chemical prices reflect the market at the time of tendering and are subject to fluctuations from year to year,” Kari Cobler, general manager of corporate services for Swift Current, told the city council.

The city expects to spend a little over $ 582,000 on chemicals for portable water this year, while it is forecast to spend just under $ 580,000 next year.

“It’s nice to see the amount go down, even if it’s a little bit,” said Pat Friesen, Swift Current councilor.

The only chemical the city did not buy at the lowest price was liquid fluoride because the supplier who made the offer could not guarantee timely delivery.

“As a result, the supplier with the second lowest listed unit price is recommended,” said Cobler. “The financial impact of this decision is minimal as the unit price difference between the two suppliers is $ 0.02 per kilogram.”

Councilor Leanne Tuntland-Wiebe wondered how much fluoride was being added to Swift Current’s drinking water.

“As far as I’ve gone, all Saskatchewan cities add fluoride to the water,” said Mitch Minken, general manager of infrastructure and operations for Swift Current. “The limit you are talking about is set by the Water Security Agency for those people who add fluoride to their water. And we only add the minimum amount.”

Below is the pricing table the city has secured for next year’s chemicals.

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