Greener Wastewater Treatment to Meet Growing Community Needs While Saving Energy and Reducing Pollution

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Investing in green infrastructure helps communities decrease their carbon footprint and increase their resilience to climate change. It also helps safeguard public health, protect the environment and create a clean-growth economy.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Bill Karsten, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, today announced $5.2 million through the Green Municipal Fund for a project to expand and upgrade the Town of Neepawa's wastewater treatment system.

The project involves adding a Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor to the existing lagoon system. This will combine chemical and organic treatment processes to increase the town's wastewater treatment capacity by 65 per cent and reduce energy consumption by 1,080 gigajoules per year. The new system is also expected to keep approximately 30 per cent more waste from going to the landfill.

This new system will not only accommodate the current and future needs of a population that has been growing steadily over the last decade, but also significantly reduce the community's carbon footprint. It will be one of the first post-lagoon wastewater treatment systems of its kind in Western Canada and serve as a model for other municipalities looking for innovative ways to repurpose infrastructure and create more efficient eco-friendly wastewater management.

Through green infrastructure projects like this, communities are finding ways to protect the environment, optimize municipal resources and improve the lives of citizens.

The Green Municipal Fund is funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

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