On December 13, Manitoba Minister of Municipal Government, Stan Struthers, announced the completion of four water and sewer infrastructure projects in central-Manitoba with the help of $2.6 million in funding from the province.
The Province of Manitoba released a detailed summary of the projects:
- RM of Morris – construction of a low-pressure sewer system to eliminate the Riverside community’s septic fields at an estimated total cost of $1 million with a provincial contribution of $300,000;
- RM of Elton – expansion of the water pipeline system to service new connections at an estimated total cost of $225,000 with a provincial contribution of $75,000;
- RM of Rockwood – expansion of the Balmoral wastewater lagoon at an estimated total cost of $2.04 million for the study and expansion with a provincial contribution of $1.02 million; and
- RM of Woodworth – upgrades to the water supply wells, installation of a raw water supply pipeline, and expansion of the water treatment plant and reservoir at an estimated total cost of $2.5 million with a provincial contribution of $1.25 million.
The Manitoba Water Services Board received an additional $12 million over three years in the 2013-14 budget. The funds are provided through the Municipal Water and Sewer Infrastructure Fund, which delivers water and sewer infrastructure projects in rural Manitoba.
“The safe containment and disposal of wastewater will help protect our lakes and rivers, and reduce the amount of nutrients entering our waterways, which is critical to saving Lake Winnipeg,” Struthers said. “We are proud to work with municipalities to help them provide clean, safe water services in their areas.”