The provincial government is investigating the possibility of tapping into the Assiniboine River to provide water to the RM of Rosser’s land lying within CentrePort.
Headingley major Wilf Taillieu said that, depending on the results of the province’s study, a new water treatment plant could be built in the municipality close to its wastewater treatment facility.
This was the site selected for a water treatment plant that would have been constructed to service a Facebook data centre. The social media giant was considering a site on agricultural land west of the townsite.
Facebook decided earlier this year to build its new data centre in Iowa, but Taillieu said continuing growth within the municipality is creating a demand for a treatment plant.
"We know we need a plant down the road," he said.
Another option for CentrePort water service is expanding the water treatment plant near St. Eustache, which now serves portions of the RMs of Cartier, St. Francois Xavier, Headingley, Rosser, Rockwood, Portage and Grey. The Cartier Regional Water Cooperative, a non-profit organization, operates the plant, and provides water service to approximately 10,000 people.
In either case, pipe can be extended from Headingley eastward into the west side of CentrePort to meet the need for water service.
Rosser reeve Frances Smee said the councillors have suggested this initiative as a way to provide water service and is pleased that work is going forward.
The City of Winnipeg has committed to extending sewer service into CentrePort’s Brookside Industrial Park West and other land lying within the RM of Rosser. Having water and sewer service available will allow large-scale development to begin. At this time, the lack of water service restricts the size of new construction because of fire safety requirements.
CentrePort CEO Diane Gray is pleased with the steps being made to resolve the water problem.
"It allows us to move forward with developers and specific tenants," she said. "We needed certainty of service."
She added that discussions are underway with the three main rail companies on building a common-use rail facility with an adjacent industrial park. "The market interest (in this industrial park) is exceptional."
She expects that work will begin on extending sewer service into the west section of CentrePort by the winter, however there is no time frame for water service yet.