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Manitoba pours $61 million into Portage la Prairie wastewater infrastructure

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Manitoba pours $61 million into Portage la Prairie wastewater infrastructure

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MAN. – The Manitoba government is putting $61 million towards upgrades of Portage la Prairie’s Water Pollution Control Facility.

The city of Portage la Prairie owns and operates the facility which provides treatment for municipal and industrial waste water before it is discharged into the Assiniboine River as well as serving the region’s agri-business industry. 

“The area around Portage la Prairie has seen new and established agri-business investments in the community, leading to direct job creation and ongoing population growth that is expected to continue. This investment will bring waste-water treatment for the city and surrounding areas into compliance with provincial and federal regulations and will benefit Manitoba’s lakes and waterways.  Our government anticipates the positive long-term contributions this investment will bring to the region,” Manitoba premier Brian Pallister said.

“Upgrades to Portage la Prairie’s Water Pollution Control Facility will modernize waste-water infrastructure for the local community, safeguarding the well-being of Manitoba’s families and will support the area’s growing agri-business functions. Investing in the expansion of Portage la Prairie’s waste-water infrastructure provides an exciting opportunity to improve our environmental footprint and support the unprecedented economic growth in the area,” Portage la Prairie mayor Irvine Ferris said.

Funding for the project is being provided through Infrastructure Canada’s Investing In Canada Plan. The government of Canada is also putting $60 million toward the project and the City of Portage la Prairie is investing $59 million.

Construction is expected to begin in summer 2022, Pallister said. 

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