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New connections to wastewater on pause pending funding notification

Posted: October 6, 2020

New connections to wastewater on pause pending funding notification

The RM of East St. Paul has put a pause on new development and subdivision applications that require wastewater connections pending notification of infrastructure funding for an upgrade and expansion to the waste water treatment plant (WWTP).

The RM has applied for federal/provincial funding for the project through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) but as of yet no Manitoba projects have been approved under the program.

The RM’s original Rotating Biological Contractor (RBC) treatment plant was constructed in 1979 and has had five expansions until its ultimate build out was completed in 2003.

In 2008 the RM constructed a new Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) treatment plant to run parallel with the older RBC plant.

Both plants are now closing in on their capacity and the RBC plant constructed in 1979 is at the end of its lifespan.

A 2018 feasibility report recommended an upgrade and expansion of the current plant and the RM’s detailed design will be completed this fall and will be shovel ready when the infrastructure funding is approved.

Stantec Engineering completed the capacity study of the WWTP and recommended the RM consider the timeline for the existing plant upgrades prior to committing to any further major development beyond those already committed. 


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