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City, West St. Paul finalize wastewater deal

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Winnipeg has finalized a deal to treat wastewater from the RM of West St. Paul.

This afternoon, city officials released a statement saying Winnipeg signed an agreement with West St. Paul earlier this month - the first time Winnipeg has partnered with a neighbouring municipality for sewage treatment. Officials said the first step will be a $16 million installation of a main sewer pipe to connect to Winnipeg's existing sewer system and the city's North End sewage treatment plant.

West St. Paul has secured $10 million of initial funding.

City officials say West St. Paul's wastewater could be treated at Winnipeg's North End plant as early as 2014.

The city had previously been negotiating extending water pipes into the rural municipality, but put those plans on hold in December after the International Joint Commission (IJC), a Canada-U.S. body that prevents and resolves cross-border water disputes, identified "issues" with the city's plan. Last year, two Ontario First Nations situated along Shoal Lake, the source of Winnipeg's drinking water, launched a court challenge arguing Winnipeg must but did not obtain their consent to extend water pipes to neighbouring municipalities.

 

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