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October 21, 2015

Mayor Bowman leads proposed changes to improve alignment and focus of standing policy committees

Stronger focus on major water and waste projects, environment, parks, and innovation

Released: 10:24 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Mayor Brian Bowman today proposed important changes to Council's standing policy committees that will provide improved alignment and ensure more focused oversight on important issues in water and waste, innovation, parks and the environment.

If approved, the motion, presented to Executive Policy Committee (EPC) will remove Water and Waste matters from the Standing Policy Committee (SPC) on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works, creating a new SPC on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment.

The motion, presented to EPC today, proposes changes to the Organizational By-law to include 6 Standing Policy Committees as follows:

  • The Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works
  • The Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development
  • The Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment
  • The Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services, and Parks
  • The Standing Policy Committee on Innovation
  • The Standing Policy Committee on Finance

“By realigning Council committees, strengthening the focus on significant water and waste initiatives and broadening committee mandates to include additional important issues like the environment and innovation, we can operate more consistently as we work to meet with our growing needs in Winnipeg,” said Mayor Brian Bowman.

Under the proposed changes, the Alternate Service Delivery committee, an ad hoc committee of Council addresses matters pertaining to the City’s Special Operating Agencies (SOAs), will become the Standing Policy Committee on Innovation, as committed by Mayor Bowman during the 2014 municipal election. This new SPC will continue to address matters pertaining to SOAs while broadening the mandate to look at new and innovative ways to improve how the City does business.

The proposed amendment to the Organizational By-law will be considered at the October 28th meeting of Council; if adopted, the updated Standing Policy Committees will be implemented immediately for the November Council cycle.

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Major water feeder main cleaning to begin this week

Released: 2:48 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Beginning Thursday, work will start to clean three sections of feeder mains that cross rivers after being inspected. The cleaning will take about a day at each location. Water supply to customers will not be interrupted. However, the changes in flow of water may cause tap water to be temporarily discoloured for some residents.

Date Water main Areas potentially affected
Thursday, Oct 22 Maryland Avenue, crossing the Assiniboine River Wellington Crescent, Crescentwood
Friday, Oct 23 Goulet Street, crossing the Seine River St. Boniface, Norwood, Glenwood, Varennes, Dufresne, and Archwood
Monday, Oct 26 St. James Street, crossing the Assiniboine River Wellington Crescent, North River Heights, Sir John Franklin, Old Tuxedo, Edgeland, and Tuxedo

On the day of the water feeder main work, residents in these potentially affected areas are encouraged to check for discoloured water before using their water.

A feeder main is a large pressurized water pipe that carries water from a pumping station to the water main network. Any time there is a major change in the rate or direction of water flow in water mains, sediment, including dead algae and minerals in the water pipes, can loosen and be released into the water.

If residents experience discoloured water, it is recommended they do not use it for any purposes that require clean water (e.g., for drinking, preparing food and beverages, laundry). This is recommended because discoloured water does not taste, smell or look pleasant, and it can stain clothes. Health officials recommend not drinking the water but if small amounts are consumed accidentally, no harm is expected.

Residents that notice their water is discoloured should:

  • Turn on a cold water tap and let the water run for a few minutes. It is best to use a bathtub tap as there is no screen to trap any sediment.
  • Catch some water in a light-coloured cup. If the water isn’t clear, turn off the tap, wait 30 minutes and try again. Discoloured water usually doesn't last long. If the water still isn't clear after waiting two to three hours, contact 311, open 24 hours every day.

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Last update: October 21, 2015