Photo by Marianne Curtis
Niverville councillor John Funk, Mayor Greg Fehr, MLA for Morris Mavis Taillieu and Provencher MP Vic Toews toast the completed upgrades to the Niverville Water Treatment Plant.
By Marianne Curtis
On June 9, the community of Niverville celebrated the completion of $2.5 million in improvements to the town’s water treatment plant.
To meet increasing demands, the existing water reservoir was expanded to provide an additional 1.2 million litres of storage. As well, the water treatment system was upgraded with new technology that is more effective at filtering debris. This work was critical to help ensure that Niverville residents have high quality potable water.
Niverville Mayor Greg Fehr says this is the first phase in a project that will prepare the Town of Niverville for further growth.
“As Manitoba’s fastest growing urban centre, it is critical that we have proper infrastructure in place to serve the continued needs of the community and prepare to bring the older portions of the community on par with the new standards of development,” stated Fehr. “This phase along with the future water line systems will also allow us to complete priorities of business development and recreational amenities in a responsible and prudent manner.”
With the capacity now in place for both potable water and fire suppression, the community plans to continue the project by bringing the water system plan for the entire community, he added.
“It is extremely critical to be able to supply the old part of town along with the new subdivisions, we’d even like a public swimming pool,” Fehr continued.
Morris MLA Mavis Taillieu was on hand to congratulation the Town of Niverville on the new water plant.
“This is the largest town in my constituency,” stated Taillieu. “This new water treatment plant will be the foundation to this community’s continued growth and success,”
“This is money well spent,” stated Provencher MP Vic Toews who also attended the event. “Not only will these upgrades help the water plant meet future demands, but area residents will continue to enjoy clean, safe drinking water for years to come.”
The governments of Canada and Manitoba each committed $832,300 under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The Town of Niverville provided the same amount towards the total eligible project costs of $2,496,900.
The next phase of the project will be to improve and extend the piping throughout the entire Town of Niverville.