The governments of Canada and Manitoba announced funding for the North End Sewage Treatment Plant, in Winnipeg.

Commissioned in 1937, the North End Sewage Treatment Plant is Winnipeg’s oldest and largest sewage treatment plant, processing 70 percent of the city’s wastewater. Given the city’s continuous growth as well as enhanced environmental protections, the plant must now be upgraded to increase its capacity to treat and manage wastewater and storm water.

“The North End Sewage Treatment Plant project will ensure continuous and reliable services, help protect the environment, and will also increase capacity in the region for current and future development,” stated Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs and MP for Saint Boniface–Saint Vital.

The North End Sewage Treatment Plant’s Headworks Facilities project is a key step in improving the health of Lake Winnipeg, one of Manitoba’s greatest treasures. The project will include the addition of new raw sewage pumps, plate screens, grit washing units as well as other improvements to extend the plant’s service life, support population and economic growth, and contribute to building a stronger, cleaner, and more environmentally sustainable community.

“This project is another successful example of all three levels of government working together with significant funding for the benefit of Winnipeggers,” added Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman. “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.”

Additional environmental considerations were incorporated into this project. For example, the use of standby pumps that can support the capacity of extreme flow conditions, planting vegetation and other windbreaks in critical areas, and installing monitoring systems to monitor odors and additional off-gassing during hot temperatures.

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

Featured image: The North End Sewage Treatment Plant is Winnipeg’s oldest and largest sewage treatment plant, processing 70 percent of the city’s wastewater. (City of Winnipeg)

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