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Manitoba opens funding taps for water projects

Manitoba opens funding taps for water projects

WINNIPEG, MAN. — Almost $50 million will be poured into water projects by the Province of Manitoba.

Officials announced Manitoba will invest nearly $50 million in critical water and wastewater services projects under the Manitoba Restart Program

“These projects are significant capital works that support the ongoing supply of clean water and wastewater treatment in our municipalities and parks,” said Derek Johnson, municipal relations minister, in a statement. “Our government is committed to growing Manitoba’s economy and protecting Manitobans, and these investments will help create jobs and improve the safety and well-being of our communities.”

The funds originate from the $500 million Manitoba Restart Program, an economic stimulus package designed to boost Manitoba’s economy as it weathers the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding includes approximately $43 million from the Department of Municipal Relations and $7 million from the Department of Conservation and Climate.

More than 40 projects have already been approved, including five to improve water and wastewater systems in the Asessippi, Grand Beach, Paint Lake and Whiteshell provincial parks.

The approved projects will also feature upgrades to water treatment plants, sewage treatment lagoons and lift stations, as well as water distribution and collection systems. Including local investments, the projects total more than $80 million of water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

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