In 2009, new provincial regulations came into force to address longstanding health and environmental concerns caused by failing septic fields within the Red River Corridor.
The Red River Corridor Designated Area was established by the Province of Manitoba, requiring that onsite wastewater systems (septic fields) be phased out. Since the new regulations came into force, municipalities along the Red River have been working with provincial and federal partners to establish permanent sewer infrastructure.
Engineering studies and discussions with neighbouring RMs determined that the most cost-effective means to bring permanent wastewater service to South St. Andrews was to build a forcemain extension along Main Street/PTH 9, which would carry wastewater to the City of Winnipeg’s North End Water Pollution Control Centre for treatment.
The RM of St. Andrews and West St. Paul made a successful joint application for project support under the Building Canada Fund, which provided an initial $8 million federal and provincial grant for a regional wastewater system.
St. Andrews is committed to completing the wastewater project in the most affordable way possible for homeowners. The RM has continued to work with partners from other levels of government to secure additional grant funding for all project elements.
Project Area Map
Note: location of the lateral collector piping (illustrated in yellow) is approximate. Locations will be finalized as detailed engineering work continues.
For a high resolution map of the project area, please click the link below:
As with most major infrastructure projects of this scale, the South St. Andrews Wastewater Project is being completed in phases. Construction of the regional forcemain (the pipe that will carry wastewater to the existing sewer in West St. Paul), along with a lift station adjacent to the highway, is scheduled to begin later this spring.
Construction along local streets within the Phase 1 project area is expected to begin this fall. Phase 1 includes all properties from the West St. Paul/St. Andrews boundary to Liss Road (including properties on both sides of Liss Road,) and from the Red River to the railroad tracks. More information on anticipated construction schedules is available on the project timelines page.
The new South St. Andrews wastewater system will be a low-pressure system. This is the type of sewer system most commonly used in lower-density areas, and is the type of system that has most commonly been implemented in other Manitoba municipalities with similar population density.
Analysis by project engineers determined that construction costs for a gravity-fed sewer system (the system used in cities and denser areas) would be approximately three times higher than a low-pressure system, in turn making the project cost-prohibitive for most residents. More information on low-pressure sewer systems and equipment required can be found on the on your property page.
2009: New provincial water regulations come into force. Red River Corridor Designated Area is established, requiring eventual phase out of septic fields.
2009: RM of St. Andrews engages engineering partners and neighbouring municipalities to determine most cost-effective option to bring permanent wastewater infrastructure to South St. Andrews.
2009: RM of St. Andrews and RM of West St. Paul successfully secure $8 million in grant funding from the Building Canada Fund (BCF) to support construction of a regional wastewater system.
2013: RM of West St. Paul and City of Winnipeg finalize service-sharing agreement, allowing for RM waste to be transported via the Main Street trunk sewer to Winnipeg’s North End Water Pollution Control Centre.
2015: RM of St. Andrews successfully secures a further $4 million in BCF funding, as well as grants through the Manitoba Water Services Board of up to $1.5 million toward lateral/collector lines and up to $2.25 million toward the forcemain and lift station.
2015: Construction of the Main Street trunk sewer through West St. Paul is completed.
2015 (fall): Construction tender issued and awarded to extend the forcemain (main sewer pipe) into South St. Andrews.
2015 (fall): St. Andrews and project engineer Stantec hold two public open houses for residents in the South St. Andrews area.
2015 (November): Public open houses were held for Phase 1. View the material that was shared at the open houses.
2016: Detailed engineering design work for Phase 1 project area.
2016 (early May): RM of St. Andrews launches dedicated project website, issues update newsletter to all property owners in project area.
2016 (May 26): RM of St. Andrews to hold public Local Improvement District bylaw hearing, which would formalize the funding and payment mechanism for residents in the Phase 1 project area. RM to extend long-term financing option to interested Phase 1 property owners.
2016 (late spring): Construction to begin on regional forcemain along PTH 9 from West St. Paul to River Road. Update: This was deferred as project approvals were not received.
2016 (late summer): Construction tender to be issued for installation of collector/lateral piping along roadways in the Phase 1 project area. Update: This was deferred as project approvals were not received.
2016 (fall): Installation of collector/lateral piping along roadways in the Phase 1 project area to begin. Update: This was deferred as project approvals were not received.
2017: The Municipal Board of Manitoba advised the Municipality of the Decision and Order regarding By-Law No. 4271 Local Improvement and Borrowing. The Board's report dated March 6, 2017 approved By-Law No. 4271 with some amendments.
The Board's full report was received in the office and can be viewed by clicking on the following link: