Feds, province invest $42M in water infrastructure upgrades

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Federal and provincial governments announced $42 million in funding on Friday for four water projects that will improve system efficiency and protect local communities and their environments in Manitoba.

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Among these projects, joint federal and provincial funding will help build a new water treatment plant and reservoir in Beausejour. The project includes the construction of two new raw water supply wells, a pump house, and approximately three kilometres of raw water supply lines. For this project, the federal government is contributing over $4.9 million, the province is chipping in over $4.1 million, and the municipality is providing over $3.3 million towards eligible project costs.

“Manitobans benefit when governments work together to deliver results,” said Manitoba MP Terry Duguid, on hand for the announcement in Beausejour. “Alongside municipal and provincial governments, we are providing over $22.7 million to improve water infrastructure to meet the current needs of the community, support growth and ensure long-term access to, reliable drinking water.”

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In St. Adolphe, funding will support the reconstruction of the existing pump stations and gravity outfalls to meet current design codes and standards. Additionally, this project includes riverbank stability improvements as needed to ensure long-term performance of the pump stations and adjacent flood protection dike. The federal and provincial governments are each contributing over $3.6 million to this project.

In Oakview, the Rapid City water distribution system will see significant upgrades consisting of the replacement of approximately 9,175 meters of water pipes throughout the Town of Rapid City in the Rural Municipality of Oakview. This project will benefit from a federal investment of over $2.6 million, a provincial investment of over $2.1 million, and a municipal investment of over $1.7 million towards eligible project costs.

In addition, Regional Water Supply Project in the Town of Stonewall will also receive funding from all three governments to provide a regional solution to increase access to a reliable, quality water supply. The three main partner communities, Stonewall, Warren and Woodlands, will have their reservoirs upgraded to improve water treatment in the region. The federal contribution to the project is more than $11.5 million, provincial contribution is more than $9.5 million, and the municipality’s contribution is more than $7.6 million.

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