The Manitoba government is investing nearly $12 million to improve water and waste-water systems in 12 western municipalities by upgrading and replacing local water supply and disposal services.
"We are committed to supporting projects that strengthen economies in rural Manitoba," said Municipal Government Minister Drew Caldwell. "These projects will provide people with better access to clean water and waste-water disposal, improve the efficiency of local water services, and help attract businesses and families to these communities."
Through the Manitoba Water Stewardship Board, the Manitoba government will share the cost of the projects with the rural communities on a 50-50 basis, said Caldwell. The total investment by the Manitoba government under the 2014-15 Manitoba Water Services Board Capital Plan is more than $26 million.
"The need for these types of infrastructure projects exist all across Manitoba and we are pleased that our members can cost-share them with the provincial government," said Doug Dobrowolski, president, Association of Manitoba Municipalities. "It is only through partnerships that we can promote further growth and development in our communities."
Caldwell noted the Rural Municipality of Pipestone is receiving $1.85 million for the expansion of the rural water pipeline within the municipality.
"On behalf of the residents of the RM of Pipestone, I would like to thank Minister Caldwell and government for their generous assistance in helping us complete the next phase of our water line," said Reeve Archie McPherson. "Everyone is deeply concerned about clean water and our environment and it is encouraging to see various levels of government working together for a common cause."