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October 29, 2010

Sewer work underway until April on St. Mary's Road
from Norberry Drive to Springside Drive
Released: 8:42 a.m.

NEWS @ A GLANCE:

A five-month, $2.6 million construction project started this week to install a new land drainage sewer along St. Mary's Road from Norberry Drive to Springside Drive. We understand this project will cause some inconvenience and disruption, and we appreciate the public's patience.
(for more details, please read the full media release below)

Winnipeg, October 29, 2010 - A five-month, $2.6 million construction project started this week to install a new land drainage sewer along St. Mary's Road from Norberry Drive to Springside Drive. The new sewer will reduce the risk of basement flooding and help protect the water quality in the rivers and Lake Winnipeg by reducing the frequency of combined sewer overflows.

This area is currently served by a combined sewer, which is a pipe that carries both wastewater (sewage from homes and businesses) and land drainage (rain and snow melt). During dry weather, and most light rainfalls, all wastewater in the combined sewers is carried to the treatment plants. During heavy rainstorms, combined sewers become overloaded and some of the rain/wastewater mixture can:

  • flow directly into the rivers without reaching the treatment plants (called a combined sewer overflow), and
  • back up through house sewer lines and flow into basements that aren't protected.

The new land drainage sewer will handle all the land drainage, and the combined sewer will handle the wastewater. This reduces the load on the wastewater sewer during heavy rain, which improves protection against basement flooding and reduces the frequency of combined sewer overflows.

There will be parking and traffic restrictions along St. Mary's Road until April. The work has been scheduled to maintain north and southbound traffic at all times and reduce the traffic disruption as much as possible.

We understand this project will cause some inconvenience and disruption, and we appreciate the public's patience.


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