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Reports on untreated sewage

As requested by the Province of Manitoba, we report on the incidents of untreated sewer release into the environment as a result of a disruption to our wastewater collection system. These events are usually the result of something unanticipated like a water main break or a power outage. When sewer operations are disrupted, the sewage can be released into the environment, which helps protect public health and prevent property damage like basement flooding.


Date Location Estimated
Cause Incident details and response
February 16 Red River - Marion combined sewage lift station Unknown 35 minutes Water main break
  • High level alarm received at 6:13 p.m. due to large volume of drinking water draining into combined sewer from water main break on Traverse Avenue between Marion Street and Goulet Street.
  • Crew arrived at 6:30 p.m. and found flow to the station exceeding pumping capacity.
  • Estimate that overflow to Red River started approximately 6:25 p.m.
  • Crew immediately began closing sluice gate on outfall pipe.
  • Gate closed and discharge of diluted raw sewage stopped at 7:00 p.m.
  • Soft ice and open water extends some 20 to 30 metres from the river bank. Affected area has been identified with appropriate signage.
  • Incident reported to Manitoba Conservation, Manitoba Environmental Accident Reporting Line and Environment Canada.

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Last updated: January 11, 2018