WINNIPEG - The government of Manitoba says its Restart program includes nearly $50 million of investment into improving water infrastructure in the province.
More than three dozen projects have already been approved to receive the funding, with the first set of water system upgrades planned in the Asessippi, Grand Beach, Paint Lake, and Whiteshell areas.
Municipal Relations Minister Derek Johnson says the capital works include improving water treatment and water distribution systems, among other activities. Johnson notes an additional $30 million in funding will come from municipalities and other local stakeholders.
Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard says as Manitobans gradually begin traveling again, it's an important time to work toward modernizing facilities in the province and support continued supply of safe, clean water.
Most of the funding from the province - $43 million - will come from the Municipal Relations department, and the rest will be topped up through Manitoba Conservation and Climate.
The Restart program is intended as a stimulus strategy to get the provincial economy moving again following downturns triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.