Possible Reinfeld/Schanzenfeld Extension
Last updated March 9, 2021
If federal/provincial funding is approved, the RM of Stanley and City of Winker will introduce a new regional wastewater project that will serve future developments near Reinfeld and Schanzenfeld.
If there is sufficient interest among the current residents, the RM could extend the conveyance system through the existing communities of Schanzenfeld and Reinfeld. The extension project would proceed only if enough residents agreed this would be a good opportunity for their communities.
Here’s a brief overview of what is proposed.
Properties the extension would serve
If the extension moves forward, the RM would install a conveyance system to move wastewater from existing homes in Reinfeld and Schanzenfeld.
The RM of Stanley expects to receive a federal/provincial infrastructure grant that would cover up to 73% of the project costs.
With this grant, the RM’s cost to build an extension through these communities would be reduced to $1.6 million. This cost would be funded through connection fees from participating properties
How the system would work
The system would use a low-pressure sewer (LPS) model, which is considered the most appropriate approach for a community of this size and density.
This is a type of sewer where liquids are pumped from your septic tank directly into a wastewater pipeline, eliminating the need for a septic field. The homeowner would still require a pump and septic tank.
LPS systems are common in municipalities where there is less housing density, larger properties and high water tables, and where the sewer is being installed within an existing community.
These systems are more affordable for property owners in lower-density areas. They typically cost about one-third the cost of a gravity system. LPS pipes can be installed using a tunneling method that requires minimal excavation, which means less disruption to roads, utilities, trees and landscaping than with gravity sewer systems typically found in urban areas.
Other communities using or installing LPS systems include the RMs of Headingley, Rhineland, Macdonald, Portage, St. Clements and St. Andrews.
Current status of the project
Further consultation is on hold until federal/provincial funding has been confirmed and our borrowing request for the larger regional project has been approved. Once those assurances are in place, the RM will present a final, detailed project proposal for Reinfeld and Schanzenfeld. The proposal will address concerns raised by residents in our 2019 community survey, including the need for manageable costs and timelines.
If the Reinfeld-Schanzenfeld extension moves forward, one of our goals is to provide far more flexibility as to when existing homes would be required to hook up to the new system. We have asked the Manitoba government to extend the time frame beyond the usual 5-year window.
We are also exploring ideas to help property owners reduce and manage all costs – for example, through discounts for early hook-up, financing assistance and options to defer most costs.
Please note: Early in 2021, there will be a Public Hearing about borrowing for the regional wastewater project. This hearing is in no way related to whether or not the RM should install wastewater conveyance in the existing villages of Schanzenfeld and Reinfeld.
How to learn more
We sincerely appreciate the comments we’ve received to date, and look forward to your continued feedback.
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FAQs - Reinfeld-Schanzenfeld extension
If the main project goes forward, will it mean Schanzenfeld and Reinfeld will definitely be getting a wastewater system?
his decision would be made only after thorough consultation with the residents of Reinfeld and Schanzenfeld. If we move forward with the regional project, we will present a separate proposal for these communities, and then ask residents how they would like to proceed.
There are three reasons: 1) The main conveyance systems for the new regional wastewater project would extend to the fringes of Schanzenfeld and Reinfeld – therefore, there would be an opportunity to bring the service to existing homes in these two villages. 2) We know many homes may be unable to replace their septic fields in the future, and this system could provide a solution. 3) If we are successful in obtaining a federal/provincial infrastructure grant, the project cost could be reduced by 73%.
The RM has put further consultation with residents on hold until we can be certain of grant funding and borrowing approvals for the regional wastewater project. Meanwhile, we are continuing to develop a proposal with a focus on the priorities, needs and concerns raised by residents during consultation in 2019. After presenting that proposal, we would once again ask for community feedback.
The RM is exploring different ways of keepings costs low and providing plenty of flexibility for financing and hook-up timing. If we receive a federal/provincial infrastructure grant, about 73% of the costs would be covered. The RM could further reduce the cost to property owners through early hook-up discounts and options to defer most costs for several years.
We recognize the need for flexible options, and know that not all residents would want to connect. With this in mind, the proposal would outline a range of options.
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If a wastewater system was available, provincial regulations would require that the next owner connect. A connection fee put on the property taxes would remain on the property taxes regardless of who owned the property.
There would be no requirement to do anything specific with it. You could use that portion of your back yard for whatever you like.
A low-pressure sewer system is consistent with the approach taken in other communities with similar population density and land usage. It’s the right fit for the RM, and can typically be installed at one-third the cost of a gravity system. The pipes can be installed using a tunneling method that requires minimal excavation and less disruption to roads, utilities, trees and landscaping than the gravity sewer systems typically found in urban areas. A low-pressure sewer requires septic tank and pump to be maintained by property owner.
This is a type of sewer where the effluent (liquids) are pumped from your septic tank directly into a main wastewater pipeline, which then pumps it out to the wastewater treatment plant. low-pressure sewer systems are common in municipalities where there is less density and larger properties than in most cities and towns, where water tables are high and where sewer is being installed within existing developed communities.
Low-pressure sewer systems are operating or proposed in many Manitoba municipalities, including:
- RM of Headingley
- RM of Rhineland
- RM of Macdonald
- RM of Portage
- RM of St. Clements
- RM of St. Andrews
- October 6, 2020 Community Update Letter (English)
- October 6, 2020 Community Update Letter (German)
- December 2019 Community Update Letter, Summary of September 2019 Survey Response and RM response to Input (English)
- December 2019 Community Update Letter, Summary of September 2019 Survey Response and RM response to Input (German)
- December 2019 Survey Results
- October 21, 2019 Letter (English)
- October 21, 2019 Letter (German)
- October 2, 2019 Email Update
- September 2019 Community Update Letter and Request for Survey Response