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TIMELINE OF WATER
 

TIMELINE OF WATER

 

1994

The Rockwood Sensitive Area is designated by the Province of Manitoba, under provisions of the Environment Act. Trichloroethylene, and other chemicals were found in well water throughout this zone. Permits are now required to drill a well, modify a well or abandon a well within this zone. Some land in the northwest part of West St. Paul is within this zone.

 

2012

The City of Winnipeg investigates possibility of selling potable water to West St. Paul, Rosser and CentrePort. This proposal was later rejected by the International Joint Commission, which forced West St. Paul to consider other options to secure safe, clean, pressurized potable water.

 

2013

August

Manitoba Water Services Board presents information on the Cartier Regional Water Cooperative and expanding service to CentrePort Canada. CRWC notes it needs to expand its capacity to meet the increasing demand for its potable water service.  CentrePort needs this water service to build its own economic development capacity. Both Stony Mountain Rockwood Institution and West St. Paul requested a municipal water supply and examine options to partner with CRWC expansion. Water quality in both Stony Mountain and West St. Paul, provincial regulations regarding the Rockwood Sensitive Area, combined with the costs to build and staff their own water treatment plants are high, are factors in this decision. Partnering with CRWC offers greatly decreased costs to both Stony Mountain Rockwood Institution and West St. Paul.

 

2014

March

West St. Paul Council approves a resolution (2014-117) to support Manitoba Water Services Board’s work to link West St. Paul with Cartier Regional Water System.

 

June

West St. Paul Council commits to secure water at 35 litres per second  from Cartier Regional Water Cooperative, and that a share of the capital costs to deliver that water will be paid by West St. Paul. That share of the costs is subsequently reduced through Federal and Provincial Government grants.

 

July

Manitoba Water Stewardship states an environmental study has been completed on the Cartier Regional Water Cooperative expansion plan and approves the necessary license amendments for CRWC to proceed.

 

December

Manitoba Water Services Board presents options to West St. Paul on how to secure a municipal water supply. MSWB indicates West St. Paul’s current water system, consisting of the Rivercrest public water system and private wells does not comply with the Provincial Drinking Water Safety Act. The options were building a standalone water treatment plant in West St. Paul or partnering with a regional water system. Cartier Regional Water Cooperative is identified as a potential partner because of its expansion plans, and is recognized by MSWB as the most cost-effective option. If West St. Paul opts for CRWC service capacity in part of the water supply line serving Stony Mountain Rockwood Institution would need to be increased.

 

2015

April

West St. Paul Council signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Manitoba Water Services Board and Cartier Regional Water Cooperative on the construction of the Headingley Water Treatment Plant, water supply line and Rosser Distribution Reservoir. West St. Paul committed no more than $3.8 million for this capital investment (costs to West St. Paul were actually $2.9 million).

 

May

West St. Paul council approves unanimously by resolution (2015-230) that it supports the Cartier Regional Water Cooperative expansion plan funding application. This resolution includes: committing $3.8 million towards the cost of the project, that a text document will be prepared for the community of West St. Paul identifying the options, what the benefits  to being a potential member of Cartier Regional Water Cooperative are, that a feasibility study of other water options will be provided, that existing West St. Paul properties will have an option to connect to the new potable water service, and that funding from other levels of government and private partners be secured.

 

August

West St. Paul Meets with Manitoba Water Services Board officials regarding funding received through the Canada-Manitoba Small Communities Fund, and votes to approve Manitoba Water Services Board as the project manager for the New Building Canada Fund West St. Paul Water Supply Project. (Res. 2015-412).

 

August

West St, Paul Council creates a Water Treatment and Supply Reserve Fund through a by-law that receives unanimous approval.

 

September

West St. Paul approves by resolution 2015-412 that Manitoba Water Services Board as the project manager for the West St. Paul Water Supply Project.

 

West St. Paul and Manitoba Water Services Board sign a cost-sharing agreement for a water supply pipeline. The total budget for the pipeline is $4.5 million.

 

October

The water supply line between Headingley Water Treatment Plant and the Rosser Distribution Reservoir are completed.

 

November

West St. Paul learns it will receive Federal and Provincial Government funding for the water pipeline construction, through the Building Canada - Small Communities Fund, and signs a cost-sharing agreement with the Manitoba Water Services Board.

 

2016

May

Headingley Water Treatment Plant and Rosser Distribution Reservoir are completed.

 

August/September

Public open houses are held to inform residents of details on how West St. Paul will receive water from Cartier Regional Water Cooperative.

 

2017

Water pipeline work taking place April 17 – 21

 

Several work projects relating to the West St. Paul Water Supply Pipeline will be going on in the municipality from April 17-21. Residents are advised that workers and equipment will be on site at all locations.

 

April 17-20

Underground locates will be performed along Kapelus, Main Street and Balderstone by Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Hydro Gas, MTS/Bell, Fiber Optic locates, Shaw Cable.

 

April 21

Manitoba Water Services Board, Stantec, RM Public Works and Contractors will be digging a maximum of nine test pits along Kapelus, Main Street and Balderstone.

 

April 28

The tender for MWSB Project 1362/RM of West St. Paul Water Supply Pipeline closes in Brandon at MWSB.

 

The water reservoir is expected to be completed in early 2018.