The federal government and the Province of Manitoba announced on October 16 that five Manitoba communities in the Interlake Region will receive funding for water and wastewater projects through the New Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund.

“The AMM is very pleased to be part of the selection committee tasked with making recommendations for the Small Communities Fund,” said Doug Dobrowolski, the president of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities. “With the approval of these important projects, municipalities can now move forward in addressing their infrastructure needs.”

The projects include:

– Extending the main trunk sewer connecting the Rural Municipality of West St. Paul into St. Andrews, connecting between 150 and 200 residents to the system;
– Constructing a new wastewater lagoon storage cell and a new building, along with associated tanks, pump, piping, and mechanical and electrical work in Beausejour;
– Upgrading more than two kilometres of exiting watermains with larger capacity lines in Arborg;
– Improving the lagoon treatment system in order to provide high quality wastewater treatment in Winnipeg Beach; and
– Constructing an approximately 20-hectare wetland in Stonewall to remove nutrients from treated effluent discharged from the town.

“The Rural Municipality of St. Andrews is very pleased to learn that our sewer project is being supported by our partners, the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba,” said St. Andrews Mayor Don Forfar. “Today’s announcement enables us to move forward, provide a more affordable solution for our residents, and most importantly, protect our environment and water—both surface water and the aquifer.”


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