2 utility workers installing a sewer pipe.

The sanitary sewer system consists of 54.1 kms of sewer mains, 689 manholes, 3,309 service lines and 6 lift stations all leading to the Wastewater Treatment Plant located at the north end of Main Street.

Wastewater Treatment

The almost $40 million state of the art water treatment plant is the city’s largest capital investment ever – and treats effluent to a higher standard than provincial regulations. It can handle Selkirk’s present-day population and up to 11,000 more , with the capacity to cost-effectively and easily expand in the future.

The city’s old plant was built in 1976 and no longer met current provincial regulations that require treated wastewater, or effluent, to contain no more than 1mg/L of phosphorus and 15 mg/L of nitrogen. The new plant’s phosphorus levels after treatment are 0.3mg/L and nitrogen is 3mg/L.

Our new plant’s Membrane-Bioreactor Treatment process provides the best environmental protection for the Red River and Lake Winnipeg, and is producing an exceptionally high quality of effluent, so if regulations change in years to come, the city will still likely meet the standards without costly retrofits or new construction

Water and Sewer Locates

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – (204) 785-4900

or email your request to [email protected]

Water and Sewer Emergencies

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – (204) 785-4900
Weekends or after 4:30 p.m. call our emergency line – (204) 785-4900 and press option 2.

If your call is not immediately answered, please leave a message and you will receive a call back promptly.

Storm Sewer System

The storm sewer and drainage system consists of 23 kms of main lines, approximately 310 catch basins and 190 manholes.  There are 5 main outfalls to the Red River from the storm water sewer system.

Water pooling on the street after a rainstorm

In some sections of the City, storm water and sanitary sewers are combined or are so old that residents experience sewer backup and basement flooding.

The City has been working on a Sewer Relief Project since 1995 to replace these sections of sewer, and more remains to be done.

To learn more about the Sewer Relief Project, please view the attached power point presentation.