By Marianne Curtis
The community of St. Malo has access to clean fresh water now that the municipality has opening a new water treatment plant.
On September 7, Provencher MP Vic Toews and La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemieux joined representatives of the RM of De Salaberry and community members at a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of the upgraded St. Malo’s Water Treatment Facility.
The upgrade and expansion of the existing water treatment plant in St. Malo will enable the community to continue to supply safe, good quality water to meet the needs of residents.
The growth in the community of St. Malo had increased demand on the existing water treatment plant, explained RM of De Salaberry reeve Ron Musick.
“St. Malo has grown exponentially in the last decade, whether it was from the area’s youth establishing their roots in the community or the retired folks settling near our beautiful Lake St. Malo to enjoy their golden years, the demand for safe and clean water has never been so important to meet the demands of our growing municipality,” stated Musick. “We would like to thank the Provincial and Federal Government for the partnership in making this expansion happen.”
Lemieux congratulated the municipality and council for their foresight in planning the project.
“Safe drinking water is essential to all aspects of life and our government will continue to invest in infrastructure projects such as these in order to protect and improve the quality of life of all Manitobans in the St. Malo area,” added Lemieux. “Many people may not consider this a sexy project but without clean, potable water a community can not grow.”
The upgraded treatment plan is expected to provide safe, good quality water for the residents of St. Malo while meeting the water demands of projected expanded population. The new well will also resolve problems with the existing wells, which are currently pump sand. Furthermore the new plant will decrease the level of organics found in the system and will require less chlorine to effectively treat the water.