May 16, 2005

Manitoba to assist with $2.3M water treatment plant upgrade

WINNIPEG, MAN-Manitoba's Water Services Board will provide funding, on a cost-shared basis, to support a $2.3-million upgrading of the city of Steinbach's water treatment plant.The facility is over 25 years old and needs major upgrading, said Water Stewardship Minister Steve Ashton, who is responsible for the Board. The work, which should be completed by next spring, will include installation of a new iron-removal filtration system, construction of a new building with computerized plant management controls, and implementation of a SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) program for data collection. The Water Services Board provides about $10 million per year to help municipalities upgrade their water systems for the benefit of public health and enhanced economic development opportunities.

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