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Manitoba gets upgraded drinking water infrastructure and flood prevention projects


August 16, 2021
By Ground Water Canada

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Manitoba – The governments of Canada and Manitoba have announced more than $146.5 million in joint funding for 11 projects in Manitoba to rehabilitate key water and wastewater infrastructure, and raise, rehabilitate and replace dikes and dams to meet community needs.

Brandon’s water treatment facility will be upgraded and expanded. This $115-million project is jointly funded by the federal and Manitoba governments and the City of Brandon. The project includes the addition of a membrane treatment facility, which will help Brandon to meet and exceed water quality requirements, as well as increase capacity and operational redundancy. Other additions include a new intake, yard piping, and settling pond, which will reduce maintenance and ensure the residents of Brandon have continued access to safe and reliable drinking water for decades to come.

The City of Thompson will see the rehabilitation of more than 13.8 km of water pipes, and more than 3.3 km of wastewater pipes. The water and wastewater lines are deteriorating, and this rehabilitation project will help ensure that residents of Thompson will continue to benefit from clean and safe drinking water. The federal government is contributing more than $ $18.8 million to this project, the Manitoba government is contributing more than $15.6 million, and the City of Thompson is contributing more than $12.5 million.

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Dikes in St. Adolphe and St. Agathe will be raised to the 1:200 year flood protection level, ensuring the safety of the communities and surrounding areas for years to come. The project includes riverbank stabilization measures. The federal and provincial governments will contribute over $2.8 million in joint funding to these two projects.

The federal government will provide more than $78.6 million in these projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. Federal funding is conditional on fully satisfying environmental assessment requirements and consultations with Indigenous groups. The Government of Manitoba is providing more than $67.8 million, and contributions by recipients toward their respective projects are over $43.2 million. Funding recipients are responsible for any additional project costs.