It’s already one of the most expensive projects on the books at city hall and the costs are rising again.
Upgrades to the South End Sewage Treatment Plant could cost over $100 million dollars more than originally budgeted.
The work was supposed to cost about $335 million dollars but could end up costing more than $445 million.
The work is needed to get Winnipeg’s sewage treatment plants up to environmental regulations set by the province.
St. Vital Councillor and Water and Waste Committee Chair Brian Mayes says work is underway but they’re noticing some things costing more than planned.
“There are always complexities. We have the experts working on this, this is a huge project.”
Mayes says the city will have to “keep an eye” on the project. He says staff are being asked for frequent updates to ensure the public isn’t blindsided by budget increases like in the case of the new police headquarters downtown.
He hopes the work will be complete by 2018.
Upgrades to our aging sewer system continue to be the most expensive set of projects on the books at city hall. Hundreds of millions of dollars are also being spent on upgrades to the treatment plant in the north end.
City hall is also looking at spending at least $1 billion dollars to upgrade sewage pipes and cut down on spills into our rivers.