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Last updated January 27, 2021

There is no requirement to do anything specific with it. You could use that portion of your back yard for whatever you like.

Total CostGrantsRM Portion
Wastewater capacity purchase$11.0 million$7.6 million$3.4 million
Main conveyance systems$7.4 million$5.4 million$2.0 million
Wastewater system extension to existing Reinfeld/Schanzenfeld communities$5.9 million$4.3 million$1.6 million
TOTAL INVESTMENT$24.3 million$17.3 million$7.0 million

Currently, provincial regulations say that properties must connect within five years of a new system becoming operational, or prior to subdivision or sale of the property – whichever is earlier. The RM is seeking the Manitoba government’s agreement to extend the five-year onsite connection requirement for Reinfeld and Schanzenfeld. Because many septic fields in these communities are relatively new, we feel there is a strong rationale for extending the timeline. We are awaiting the Province’s response.

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


Provincial regulation requires that any home sold would be required to connect to the sewer.
A connection fee put on the property taxes would remain on the property taxes regardless of who owns the property.

The RM is exploring different ways to keep costs low and provide plenty of flexibility for financing and hook-up timing. A federal/provincial infrastructure grant, if approved, could cover a large portion of the costs. The plan we will propose later this fall will focus on further reducing the cost to property owners through early hook-up discounts and options to defer most costs for several years.

The RM is continuing to develop a proposal with a focus on the priorities, needs and concerns raised by residents during the first phase of consultation.  The more detailed proposal and will be presented to the community for further feedback. For other timing, please refer to the project Timeline and for the latest news, refer to the project Updates.


Reinfeld and Schanzenfeld are the largest and fastest-growing communities in the RM of Stanley. Improved infrastructure for wastewater management would help these communities accommodate future development, while also helping existing property owners comply with provincial restrictions when their septic fields reach the end of their useful life. Septic fields typically have a useful life of approximately 20 years before repairs or replacement are required, if repairs/replacement are even possible with soil conditions, groundwater levels and increasing government regulation. A sewer system that removes wastewater from the community would have a positive influence on long-term future property values in these communities.

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.

The Government of Canada and the Government of Manitoba have implemented the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Fund, which covers up to 73% of major infrastructure costs. Additionally, The City of Winkler and RM of Stanley have entered into a wastewater agreement that will provide capacity in the new Winkler Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant to service the RM of Stanley, eliminating the need to construct new lagoon/treatment facilities. Financing interest rates are currently low, which is not something that can be guaranteed for the future.

Not at this point. The system would be constructed to allow future development.
However, we are currently focusing only on Reinfeld and Schanzenfeld, which are close to the plant and the largest communities in the RM of Stanley.

A low pressure sewer system is consistent with the approach taken in other communities with similar population density and land usage. It is the right fit for the RM, and a further benefit of a low-pressure sewer is cost to the property owner. Low-pressure sewer systems are typically one-third the cost of a gravity system. Low-pressure system pipes can be installed using a tunneling method that requires minimal excavation and is less disruptive 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.