Mayoral candidate Paula Havixbeck would cut down on Winnipeg’s phosphorus levels, saying the city is one of the biggest culprits.
As part of her environmental plan, the Charleswood — Tuxedo councillor would see the North End water treatment facility is completed. She says without it, thousands of tonnes of phosphorus continue to be leaked into Lake Winnipeg — about 414 tonnes every year.
“Right now Winnipeg is the largest point source of phosphorus in all of the watershed area in Manitoba. The city needs to take a lead role to reduce its ecological footprint,” Havixbeck said.
“The money has to be found, making Lake Winnipeg a priority for the city. The civic government cannot legally issue bonds but it can show leadership by setting budgeting for this as a priority and working collaboratively to find the solution.”