Manitoba investing in rural infrastructure
By Adam FreillConstruction Infrastructure
Province of Manitoba to spend $100 million on critical rural municipal water and wastewater infrastructure projects.
Eight municipal projects in rural Manitoba will split up to $100 million in critical infrastructure funding from the province. The projects, which focus on water and wastewater treatment facilities, are located in Portage la Prairie, Morden, Brandon, Winkler, Letellier, Springfield, St. Francois-Xavier, and Powerview-Pine Falls.
“Our government knows just how important these projects are in rural communities to ensure safe, secure drinking water and environmentally sound wastewater management,” said Eileen Clarke, municipal relations minister. “I am pleased we are able to make this important investment in Portage la Prairie and seven other rural communities to ensure our water management systems are healthy and sustainable for the years ahead.”
The minister noted the total cost of the jointly funded rural municipal water and wastewater projects in rural Manitoba has yet to be confirmed, subject to further discussion with municipalities, and is conditional upon municipal approval to proceed with the projects.
“This funding partnership with the Manitoba government will allow the Portage la Prairie region to continue supporting and attracting world class wet industries to Manitoba,” said Portage la Prairie mayor Sharilyn Knox. “We are pleased to partner with the province to see this regional centre of industrial excellence continue to grow and benefit all Manitobans, and we thank the Manitoba government for its continued support.”
“The Association of Manitoba Municipalities commends the Manitoba government for investing up to $100 million to support critical municipal water and wastewater projects,” said Kam Blight, president of the association. “As municipalities help fuel economic growth in Manitoba, investments such as these are key to building stronger communities and fostering economic opportunities.”