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ESP receives $837,500 in Manitoba Restart funding for water looping

Posted: October 9, 2020

MLA Jeff Wharton, second from right, with members of East St. Paul council, left to right, Coun. Charles Posthumus, Mayor Shelley Hart, and Couns. Carla Devlin, Brian Duval and Orest Horechko at the funding announcement. 

The RM of East St. Paul has received $837,500 in funding under the Manitoba Restart Water and Wastewater program for water main looping and sewer lining.


The funding provides 50 per cent of the cost for the $1.675 million project.


Mayor Shelley Hart thanked the Province for its contribution to this important infrastructure work.


"We want to make sure our residents have a safe and reliable source of drinking water and this funding helps reduce the risk of interruption of service for those in Countryside Crossing and it extends the life of older infrastructure in the village of Birds Hill,” Hart said.


"These are important projects and we’re thankful for the Province of Manitoba’s support, it’s much appreciated.”


Water main looping is the practice of providing multiple routes, or water main pipes, in a water distribution network. The best practice is to avoid dead end water mains by creating a looping grid or by having water supplied from two or more points.


The water main looping in Countryside Crossing will reduce the risk of service interruptions in the event of a water main break or maintenance of additional water main tie in’s that would require that section of water main to be shut down.


The loop also provides more stable water pressure, higher fire protection flows and better water circulation in the water main by avoiding dead end points in the distribution system.


The sewer lining is part of ongoing work that will extend the life of concrete sewer mains in the RM. As concrete ages it starts to erode. Sewer lining is an epoxy lining that seals the concrete pipe from deteriorating any further.


While most of ESP’s wastewater collection system is constructed of PVC pipe, older parts of the municipality made use of concrete pipes, which was common at the time of their construction.


Sewer lining is a more economical alternative to replacing aging or damaged concrete sewer lines. This funding will support work in the village of Birds Hill. The

Hugh McDonald area, Applecross and Highland Park areas were constructed of concrete as well.


The funding is part of $50 million the province is investing in 42 water and waste water infrastructure projects as part of #RestartMB.


"As we see populations growing in rural Manitoba towns, cities and municipalities, our infrastructure has to grow with them,” said Jeff Wharton, MLA for Red River North.


"Our Progressive Conservative government is proud to make these important investments in local infrastructure projects that ensure Manitobans have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services.”



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