Gimli, Manitoba residents with septic tanks will ship their sewage to other communities for treatment for another year, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Last year, provincial inspectors found the town’s treatment plant was dumping sewage which contained as much as 500 times the acceptable bacteria count into Lake Winnipeg. Municipal officials decided the plant would only accept piped-in sewage.
Septic tank owners had to ship their waste to neighbouring communities of Arborg and Teulon for treatment. This added about 40 per cent to service costs for most Gimli residents.
A $12-million treatment plant upgrade is planned by the project won’t be complete before summer. Meanwhile, septic tank owners will continue to truck the waste.
The town says the upgrade plans are on hold because the province hasn’t put up its share of money. The Manitoba Water Services Board says the delay was the result of an amalgamation between the town and the surrounding rural municipality.