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Province spending $84M to upgrade rural water, waste-water facilities

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The province will spend $84 million over the next five years to improve and upgrade water and waste-water facilities in communities outside of Winnipeg.

That works out to over $4 million a year more than it currently spends on sewer and water infrastructure, Premier Greg Selinger said today.

The money is being funnelled for distribution through the Manitoba Water Services Board.

Municipalities will be expected to match any monies they receive. There will also be opportunities for municipalities to apply for federal funds through a new Building Canada program.

Municipalities are already applying for funding for projects, said Doug Dobrowolski, president of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, who sits on the water services board.

New projects already approved include $1.5 million for water supply upgrades in the RM of MacDonald to meet increasing water demands in Oak Bluff, and $1 million in upgrades and the expansion of the waste-water lagoon in the Local Government District of Pinawa that will benefit residents and the Tim Horton’s children’s camp.

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