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$212 million being invested into Winnipeg sewage treatment plant upgrade

$212 million being invested into Winnipeg sewage treatment plant upgrade

WINNIPEG—The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing $212.8 million into upgrades to the North End Sewage Treatment Plant’s headworks facilities in Winnipeg.

Commissioned in 1937, the North End Sewage Treatment Plant is Winnipeg’s oldest and largest sewage treatment plant and it processes 70 per cent of the city’s wastewater.

“In recent years, population growth in Winnipeg has outpaced the capacity of local wastewater infrastructure. Investments from federal, provincial and municipal governments have been key to securing this important project. Importantly, this investment represents a major step in improving water quality in the Red River and Lake Winnipeg,” MP for Winnipeg South Terry Duguid said in a statement.

“This project is another successful example of all three levels of government working together with significant funding for the benefit of Winnipeggers. When this project is added to the Southwest Rapid Transitway and the Accelerated Regional Roads Program, it results in over $1 billion in total government funding to help build Winnipeg for a million people strong,” Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman added.

The upgrades will include new raw sewage pumps, plate screens and grit washing units. Environmental concerns include the use of standby pumps that can support the capacity of extreme flow conditions, planting vegetation and other windbreaks in critical areas and installing systems to monitor odours and additional off-gassing during hot temperatures.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $116.1 million in the project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Manitoba government is providing over $96.7 million and the City of Winnipeg is contributing over $143 million.

 

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