Work has started on the lagoon expansion so you will see the large equipment out on the land. Council awarded the tender for the Wastewater Stabilization Pond Expansion to JKW Construction for the quoted price of $2,517,052.00 plus applicable taxes at a special meeting held on April 16th, 2007.

The Canada-Manitoba Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF) application was submitted in June of 2005 and $1.8 Million in MRIF support for the project was announced on December 21st, 2006. Council approved the signing of the agreement at the March 26th, 2007 Council Meeting and the project started the week of April 23rd, 2007.

Because the Town of Morden is growing so quickly it needed to expand the Morden Wastewater Lagoon by adding a new secondary hydraulic cell. This new cell will provide capacity for many years and accommodate a total population of 8,053 people or an additional 640 homes.

This project will allow sustainable growth, increase the efficiency of the wastewater collection and treatment system, accommodate the new Environmental Act License requirement of a 227-day storage period as well as protect the aquatic ecosystems.

The $1.8 million in MRIF support for the project is being split three ways between the Town of Morden, the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada, with the Town of Morden providing the balance of the remaining total project costs.

“This will finally complete the long awaited and much needed expansion,” said Les Wieler, Director of Public Works.