The premier of Manitoba and a group of MPs, mayors, and federal ministers met this week to announce commitments for more than $53.2 million in combined funding for two new wastewater treatment plants.
Premier of Manitoba, Brian Pallister, the Honourable Jim Carr, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, and Minister of Natural Resources joined the Mayor of Selkirk, Larry Johannson and the Mayor of Gimli, Randy Woroniuk to make the announcement.
The City of Selkirk project will see the replacement of their existing ailing wastewater treatment plant to improve the quality of the effluent discharged into Lake Winnipeg and the Red River. Along with improving the overall reliability of the wastewater treatment system, the new facility will increase its capacity and serve the City of Selkirk, St. Andrews, and Lower Fort Garry.
Premier Pallister said, “These projects will allow the City of Selkirk and the RM of Gimli to treat their wastewater to the highest quality nutrient removal and ensure the long term health of the Red River and Lake Winnipeg. Our Government is confident these investments will provide value for taxpayers and have a significant environmental impact in their communities.”
For the Rural Municipality of Gimli, an expanded and modernized wastewater treatment system will improve the long-term reliability and performance of the existing wastewater treatment system in this Lake Winnipeg beachfront town. It will also help to connect additional households in Gimli to the current wastewater system while allowing for future growth.