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About this project
This new system will transport wastewater from about 1,800 properties in South St. Andrews to the North End Pollution Control Centre in Winnipeg. This will greatly reduce how frequently holding tanks must be pumped out and will assist the transition away from septic fields in this environmentally sensitive area.
The last remaining steps before full operation are rate-setting by the Public Utilities Board and finalization of our service agreements with other municipalities.
How the system will work
Using a low pressure sewer system, wastewater will be moved from properties in South St. Andrews to a forcemain and shared regional gravity sewer line running to the North End Water Pollution Control Centre in Winnipeg. St. Andrews will enter into formal agreements with the RM of West St. Paul and the City of Winnipeg to share services. We have also entered into an agreement with the City of Selkirk to operate our system during the first years of use as our staff gain experience.
Phase 1 and Phase 2 construction is now complete. All residents in these service areas will have the opportunity to connect once the system is fully operational.
Costs to homeowners
Users of the service will be responsible for three different types of costs which are explained below. You can also download a PDF showing all of these costs in one chart.
1. Your share of the public infrastructure cost
property in the service area will pay an equal portion of the RM’s capital cost
to build the public infrastructure and extend it to everyone’s property lines.
The fee for each household is $7,264.37.
Unless you've already prepaid this fee, you will pay it over a 20-year period with your property taxes. The payment of $504 will be automatically added to your tax bill, starting in 2021.
2. The cost of work on your property and the one-time connection fee
When you are getting ready to connect to the system, you will be responsible for these costs:
- Any equipment and work needed on your property, including installation, maintenance and required upgrades, and
- A one-time connection fee to the City of Winnipeg.
Based on information from contractors and installations to date, the average cost of the work required on a property is about $6,300. However, costs can be higher because of challenges such as failing tanks, pumps or underground services that make pushing the pipe to the home more complex.
The one-time connection fee will be $2,680 in 2021 and will increase over time.
3. Your share of the cost to operate the system
Once your household is hooked up, you will receive a quarterly bill for your use of the system. The bill will include a basic participation fee plus a charge for the number of cubic meters your household has used during the quarter.
The $/cubic meter rate will be approved by the Public Utilities Board, based on a rate-setting model.
Unconnected properties may be required to pay a special service levy of $100/year (prorated in the first year of operation) until they hook up to the system. Read more here about this proposed levy.