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Keep your eyes peeled Winnipeg!

Soon we will be rolling out options for a new curbside organics cart program in the City and we want to get your feedback on it. You’ll be able to get in touch with us online and in person. Check

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We want your feedback! Open house on January 28th

You’re invited to attend an open house to view proposed concept designs for the next phase of improvements in the North East Exchange District. This includes the new design for John Hirsh Place, in preparation for the 2017 Canada Games

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CSO Master Plan Preliminary Proposal and Recommendation

On December 18, 2015, we submitted the CSO Master Plan Preliminary Proposal to the Province, including our recommendation of what control limit to set for combined sewer overflows (CSOs). Setting a control limit is an important measure to protect our

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Pacific Avenue 4R Winnipeg Depot Open House – Wednesday, October 28

Join us this Wednesday for the Pacific Avenue 4R Winnipeg Depot open house, scheduled to open in late 2016. Drop in to learn about our plans for this depot and to tell us what you think. 4R Winnipeg Depots are

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CSO Master Plan Phase 1 Public Meetings Questions & Responses

September 14 and 15 Questions Are basement backups caused by combined sewer systems? Yes, basement backups can be caused by high levels in both the combined and separate sewer systems if the home/business is not protected by a backwater valve

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What is a Producer Responsibility Organization?

Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) are not-for-profit industry organizations that manage programs to enhance material recycling in Manitoba. There are currently 13 PROs in Manitoba, and they are approved by the Minister of Water Stewardship and Conservation. The programs they manage

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How are CSO controls measured?

There are two ways to measure the impact of CSO reductions: reducing the frequency, or number of occurrences, of untreated overflows, which relates to the number of days the river has high bacterial counts; and reducing the volume of untreated

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What are the most important things for the City to consider as it creates a plan to manage and divert more organic waste?

What should the economic, environmental and social outcomes for the plan be? What should organics waste diversion do for Winnipeg? This is what we heard at the Symposium. Please feel free to add your comments below. Proper education (multi-language) Convenient Focus

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What stood out to you from the Panel presentation and discussion?

This is what we heard at the Symposium. Please feel free to add your comments below. How to make it convenient for folks (recycling bin issue) Training a generation 1/3 of households have curbside (expected lower) Economics and end use are

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What would a compelling and convenient Organics program look like for you?

The success of an organics program depends on how well it is used.  How could we get good participation in a new program? This is what we heard at the Symposium. Please feel free to add your comments below. Back yard

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As planning continues what information might be important for public and stakeholders to know or hear about?

This is what we heard at the Symposium. Please feel free to add your comments below. That it’s happening. Timelines Cost + what kind of enforcement there will be. What is the driver? Why would we do it given Brady will

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What are the potential ways that we can implement CSO control strategies?

There are numerous ways in which combined sewer overflows strategies can be implemented. In most cases CSO control strategies incorporate numerous components of grey and green infrastructure, both large and small scale projects, and smaller targeted improvements. One approach to

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What would happen if we fully separated sewers?

Combined sewer systems are designed to collect both land drainage (rainwater and snowmelt) and wastewater (sewage from homes and businesses) in the same pipe. Right now, combined sewers make up 32% of the total sewer system. If we fully separated

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How does the implementation time impact the CSO Master Plan?

Implementing control strategies quicker allows for benefits to be realised sooner. However, the time it takes to implement the CSO Master Plan can significantly impact other aspects of the project. The greatest impact of a more rapid implementation of the

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Does reducing CSOs have an impact on the sewage treatment plants?

If we diverted all runoff from the CSO districts to a sewage treatment plant with our current infrastructure, it would have such significant impacts that it would be difficult to manage. First is the issue of capacity. Runoff collected during

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How does the CSO Licence fit with the other Environment Licences issued by the Province of Manitoba?

Major sewer projects, as well as the CSO Master Plan, are regulated through the provincial government by environment licences. Each of the projects associated with the different licences have significant costs associated with implementing them: West End Sewage Treatment Plant

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How does the CSO Master Plan fit into other City priorities?

The CSO Master Plan is a plan that will help us do our part to protect the long term health of our rivers and lakes. The City is committed to developing a plan to reduce the effects of CSOs on

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What are local businesses and industries doing to help address CSOs?

 Addressing CSOs needs everyone to do their part, including local businesses and industries. Wastewater discharges are regulated by the City of Winnipeg’s Sewer By-Law 92/2010, along with other Provincial regulations. The Sewer By-Law outlines strict restrictions on what businesses and

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Water By-law Public Meeting Questions & Responses

1. Can we work to make tenants of buildings more accountable for their water bills, rather than it becoming the landlord’s responsibility? Landlords may want to consider placing the utility bill in their name and collect the charges from their

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What stood out to you from the Panel presentation and discussion?

This is what we heard at the Symposium. Please feel free to add your comments below. Absence of comprehensive watershed management plan for the City of Winnipeg (bigger picture thinking is missing!) How do we recognize water quality as a priority

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What is important for the City to consider as it creates a plan to manage the effects of combined sewer overflows?

This is what we heard at the Symposium. Please feel free to add your comments below. (a) What issues, opportunities or considerations do you see that should be addressed? Consider other measures beyond phosphorus Financial impact on taxpayers Existing by-laws and

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As planning continues what information might be important for public and stakeholders to know or hear about?

This is what we heard at the Symposium. Please feel free to add your comments below. Clearly identify the objective What other precedents from other cities Prove that they’ve explored and exhausted all options, that what they are doing is the

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How will implementing CSO control strategies impact my neighbourhood?

The amount of construction in a combined sewer area depends on the control strategies used. Most construction activity will likely cause only localized traffic disruptions, such as is common for current sewer renewals. Some control strategies like end-of-pipe treatment could

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How much will it cost to reduce CSOs?

The cost of implementing CSO control strategies will depend on various factors, including the level of control CSOs will be regulated to meet, the control strategies selected, and the timeframe over which the Master Plan is implemented. Estimates found in

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How do CSOs impact our rivers?

CSOs discharge diluted wastewater into the rivers that can result in visible floatables, such as floating debris. There is also the potential for odour when the volume discharging into the rivers is great enough. In order to address these problems,

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