WINNIPEG – Three levels of government have announced a joint investment of over $550 million for the second phase of upgrades to the North End Sewage Treatment Plant in Winnipeg.
The plant is Winnipeg’s oldest and largest sewage facility and processes 70 per cent of the city’s wastewater. Phase 2 of the project will see construction of new infrastructure and upgrades to the biosolids facilities which store and treat sludge produced from the treatment of wastewater to convert it into biosolids.
The new facilities will also be used to convert sludge from the city’s other two wastewater treatment plants into biosolids, diverting it from the landfill and will include sufficient capacity to facilitate the City of Winnipeg’s interim phosphorous removal plan to meet Environmental Act Licence requirements, a Province of Manitoba release said.
“Today’s Phase 2 funding announcement of over $550 million of trilevel funding for the North End Sewage Treatment Plant builds on the $356 million of collaborative federal, provincial and municipal government Phase 1 investment announced in July of last year. This funding is a positive step forward that will help protect the health of Lake Winnipeg and provide Winnipeg the capacity to grow. Since 2014, I have been pleased to deliver nearly $2.5 billion in trilevel government funding needed to transform Winnipeg for the future and build the required infrastructure for a city on track to a population of a million people,” Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman said in a statement.
Subject to due diligence and the approvals process, the Government of Canada is investing up to $200.9 million in the project, with the Manitoba government putting in more than $167 million and the City of Winnipeg providing at least $184 million.
Previously, the federal government put $116.1 into the first phase of the North End Sewage Treatment Plant upgrades for its headworks facilities.