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Our federal and provincial governments recently announced their investment in a new regional wastewater treatment facility for the municipalities of Niverville, Taché, Hanover, and Ritchot. More than $39 million in funding will go towards the construction of a regional mechanical wastewater treatment facility and collection network. The Red-Seine-Rat (RSR) wastewater treatment facility and conveyance system will provide these communities with the appropriate resources to help serve the current and future needs of a growing population.

The work will include the installation of a wastewater conveyance system with approximately 90 kilometres of effluent pipeline as well as new lift stations and pump stations. Once completed, the RSR project will result in increased capacity to treat and manage wastewater and stormwater, improve the environmental stewardship of the region, and encourage continued economic growth. Further, the greenhouse-gas reductions achieved by moving these regional partners away from traditional wastewater lagoons to this new mechanical wastewater treatment facility will support both Manitoba and Canada’s emission reduction goals.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $21.6 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, while the Manitoba government is investing over $18 million.

I’d like to take a moment to remind everyone of Rail Safety Awareness Week. In 2018, the Legislative Assembly passed my private member’s bill to establish the Rail Safety Awareness Week Act – legislation creating an annual Rail Safety Awareness Week in late September, and making our province the first one in Canada to put such an event into law in an effort to reduce railway-related accidents, injuries and deaths.

This year, Rail Safety Awareness Week will be taking place from Sept. 19 to Sept. 25, and will involve public education across our province. I encourage everyone to take part wherever possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my constituency office.

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