The City is looking at spending $1-billion to stop sewage from flowing into our rivers.
City hall’s water and waste department says the money would help upgrade our aging system of sewer pipes.
They think it could stop about 85 per cent of the nasty spills per year.
The head of the city’s water and waste committee Brian Mayes says the problem is the city’s combined sewer system.
“In older parts of the city, sewage is in the same pipes as overflow you get from a rainstorm. So there is potential for the sewage to go into the river,” Mayes explains. “How to deal with that problem comes with a price tag. A lot of money at stake here at either end.”
Separating the pipes completely would be a true fix, but would cost a whopping $4-billion. The city has until December of 2017 to submit a final plan to Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship.
The province will ultimately have the final say on which option is chosen. The idea is to get the sewer system upgrading by 2030. A more detailed video describing the city’s problems can be found on their website.
Sewage spills into Winnipeg’s waterways more than 20 times per year. This plan was put to the province before five million litres of raw sewage spilled into the Red River in January.