WINNIPEG – The most expensive project in the City of Winnipeg’s history is about to get considerably more expensive.

A report set to go before city council later this week estimates the total cost of about $3 billion, an increase of more than $600 million over the most recent estimate. The original price tag in 2015 for the plant was $795 million.

Reasons given for the increase include additional money required for engineering consulting services and construction costs.

The biosolids phase of the project could tack on additional costs. The  second biosolids phase of the project already increased from $550 million to just over $1 billion, but the third and final phase is under review and could cause the overall price to rise beyond $3 billion.

The city is required by provincial law to complete the upgrade, which will update sewage infrastructure, increase capacity, and help protect the environment.


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