Daily Update:

June 21, 2021

PVWC Removes Mandatory Restrictions to Municipalities, Voluntary Restrictions Still Requested

PVWC water usage continues to be stable but have requested for voluntary restrictions to continue.

The following pumps will be removed this week:

  • Paterson Pit
  • Lavallee Pit
  • West of St. Jean on Dead Horse
  • Trans Canada
  • Buffalo Creek

Please check with your water provider or municipality to understand specific restrictions for local water usage, and alternative water sources that continue to be available.

It appears that the high usage requirements are over. We would like to thank citizens, businesses, industry and farmers for supporting the conservation efforts over the past 2 weeks.

June 19, 2021

PVWC Removes Mandatory Restrictions to Municipalities, Voluntary Restrictions Still Requested

PVWC water usage continues to be stable, and is expected to continue with the anticipated rain on the weekend. A number of municipalities have reduced their restrictions to voluntary.

Please check with your water provider or municipality to understand specific restrictions for local water usage.

We will maintain alternate water sources over the weekend and continue to encourage their use. For a complete list of truck fill stations, please contact your local municipality.

It appears that the high usage requirements are over, we would like to thank citizens, businesses, industry and farmers for supporting the conservation efforts over the past 2 weeks.

June 18, 2021

Please be advised the pump at the Trans Canada pond south of Letellier, is out of order. This location is still open to those who wish to bring their own pump. We apologize for the inconvenience.

June 17, 2021

PVWC Removes 15% Mandatory Restriction to Municipalities, Local Restrictions May Still Apply

PVWC water usage has been stable over the past few days, and with anticipated rain on the weekend we are removing the 15% mandatory restriction imposed on the municipalities. However, we are requesting the municipalities continue with voluntary conservation efforts.

Please check with your water provider or municipality to understand specific restrictions for local water usage.

We will maintain alternate water sources over the weekend and continue to encourage their use. For a complete list of truck fill stations, please contact your local municipality.

The following water fill stations continue to stay open for non potable water use:

  • Paterson Pit: PH 7.8, Conductivity 990 µS/cm, Hardness 420 ppm
  • Lavallee Pit: PH 7.8, Conductivity 4700 µS/cm, Hardness 1460 ppm
  • West of St. Jean on Dead Horse: PH 7.8, Conductivity 1375 µS/cm, Hardness 460 ppm
  • Trans Canada: PH 8.2, Conductivity 1100 µS/cm, Hardness 460 ppm
  • Buffalo Creek: PH 7.8, Conductivity 645 µS/cm, Hardness 260 ppm

A great big thank you to citizens, businesses, industry and farmers for supporting the conservation efforts over the past 2 weeks. We are optimistic with continued awareness that severe restrictions will not be required over the summer.

Next Update: June 19, 2021

June 16, 2021

Continue Conservation Efforts and use of Alternate Water Sources

PVWC and Municipalities would like to thank everyone for their continued conservation efforts. Discussions are ongoing with Municipalities on easing restrictions however, please stay the course as the warm weather continues.

The following water fill stations continue to stay open for non potable water use:

  • Paterson Pit: PH 7.8, Conductivity 990 µS/cm, Hardness 420 ppm
  • Lavallee Pit: PH 7.8, Conductivity 4700 µS/cm, Hardness 1460 ppm
  • West of St. Jean on Dead Horse: PH 7.8, Conductivity 1375 µS/cm, Hardness 460 ppm
  • Trans Canada: PH 8.2, Conductivity 1100 µS/cm, Hardness 460 ppm
  • Buffalo Creek: PH 7.8, Conductivity 645 µS/cm, Hardness 260 ppm

For a complete list of truck fill stations, please contact your local municipality.

June 15, 2021

Request Continued Conservation Efforts and use of Alternate Water Sources

Water usage on Monday was up 20% from Sunday. The water treatment plants are operating at slightly below full capacity.

We will be monitoring water demand closely this week as forecasted temperatures rise and anticipate it could be close to peak availability.

Alternate water sources continue to be available for the farm, industrial, and residential. Please contact your municipality for additional fill stations not listed below.

The following water sources continue to be available:

  • Paterson Pit: PH 7.8, Conductivity 990 µS/cm, Hardness 420 ppm
  • Lavallee Pit: PH 7.8, Conductivity 4700 µS/cm, Hardness 1460 ppm
  • West of St. Jean on Dead Horse: PH 7.8, Conductivity 1375 µS/cm, Hardness 460 ppm
  • Trans Canada: PH 8.2, Conductivity 1100 µS/cm, Hardness 460 ppm
  • Buffalo Creek: PH 7.8, Conductivity 645 µS/cm, Hardness 260 ppm

Please continue practicing water conservation and using alternate sources of water.

Next Update: June 16, 2021

June 14, 2021

Stable Weekend Water Usage. Request Continued Use of Alternate Water Sources due to Warm Temperatures

This weekend we returned to average water usage following the rain last week. Some municipalities had significant reductions from peak usage. This morning, water is going out at near maximum availability at the Letellier and Stephenfield water treatment plants.

Due to the forecasted temperatures for the week, we will be monitoring usage closely and anticipate it could be close to peak availability.

We continue to make the alternate water sources available throughout the week. Please contact your water supplier or municipality for specific requirements regarding water usage.

The following water sources continue to be available:

  • Paterson Pit: PH 7.8, Conductivity 990 µS/cm, Hardness 420 ppm
  • Lavallee Pit: PH 7.8, Conductivity 4700 µS/cm, Hardness 1460 ppm
  • West of St. Jean on Dead Horse: PH 7.8, Conductivity 1375 µS/cm, Hardness 460 ppm
  • Trans Canada: PH 8.2, Conductivity 1100 µS/cm, Hardness 460 ppm

Thanks to everyone for practicing water conservation and using alternate sources of water. It has made a noticeable difference.

Next Update: June 15, 2021

June 12, 2021

Rainfall Stabilizes Water Concerns, but Alternate Water Sources Still Available

Continued rainfall has allowed everything to be stable across the region, but flows are expected to increase as the weather warms up. We continue to make the alternate water sources available throughout the weekend and into next week.

We’ve completed water quality testing. The following results are approximate:

  • Paterson Pit: PH 7.8, Conductivity 990 µS/cm, Hardness 420 ppm
  • Lavallee Pit: PH 7.8, Conductivity 4700 µS/cm , Hardness 1460 ppm
  • West of St. Jean on Dead Horse: PH 7.8, Conductivity 1375 µS/cm, Hardness 460 ppm

Please consult your Manitoba Agronomist or local Ag Retailer for more information.

We plan to monitor the situation closely and continue to make available alternate water sources.

Next Update: Monday, June 14

June 10, 2021

Please Continue to use Alternative Water Sources to Support Increased Temperatures Next Week

It was great to see more rain in the past 24 hours and more forecasted over the weekend, but we do expect to see increased temperatures and higher demand for water next week.

The 14 municipalities and PVWC continue to be stable with most reservoirs close to full. We request everyone to maintain your efforts over the next week. Please continue to use alternative water sources to support increase temperatures and usage next week.

The towns, municipalities and PVWC will continue to provide alternate water sources for the next week. Please contact your local municipal office for more information.

We are hoping to return to more normal conditions by the end of the month, but believe this shortage of water occurred due to 4 reasons:

  1. Very high temperatures
  2. Letellier plant operating at maximum capacity, requiring an upgrade
  3. Typical increase in water requirements at this time of the year, due to agricultural spraying, swimming pools, lawn/garden, and general increase
  4. Lack of precipitation over the past year that has resulted in southern Manitoba being identified as a D3 severe drought area by the Canadian Drought Monitor Agency

The 14 municipalities and PVWC thank the citizens of Southern Manitoba for your support in decreasing potable water usage during this extreme heat.

June 9, 2021

Water Conservation Still Required in Spite of Rain

It was great to see the rain in the past 24 hours but with the forecasted temperatures today and over the next week, we expect to see continued high demand for water.

The Regional System continues to be stable with most reservoirs close to full. Your public actions to reduce water usage has made a huge difference. We need everyone to continue to maintain your efforts over the next week.

Great progress has been made with towns and municipalities providing alternate sources of water such as rain-barrel fill systems and water delivery for gardens. Please contact your local municipal office for more information.

Five truck-fills are operational during the day to support the Ag and Industrial community. Contact your municipality for additional information on hours of operation and access conditions.

  • Lavallee Gravel Pit – 4 miles east of Morris down highway 23
  • West of St Jean – 2 miles West of St Jean R1 E and Rd 17 N
  • Mid-Canada Transfer Loading Facility Pond – 2 mile south of Letellier off of highway 75
  • Buffalo Channel – In Albergthal
  • Patersons Pit – 6 miles south of Jordan corner off of highway 3

Providing health care facilities in the Southern Health region continues to be a priority for PVWC.

June 8, 2021

Water Conservation Efforts Making a Difference, Need Continued Focus

Over the last 24 hours the Regional System has continued to be stable with most reservoirs close to full. Your public actions to reduce water is working and is making a difference. We need everyone to continue to maintain your efforts.

More towns and municipalities are providing a rain-barrel fill system, please contact your local municipal office for more information.

Five truck-fill locations have been set up to support the agricultural and industrial community. Signs and additional fittings are being provided today at the following sites:

  • Lavallee Gravel Pit – 4 miles east of Morris down highway 23
  • West of St Jean – 2 miles West of St Jean R1 E and Rd 17 N
  • Mid-Canada Transfer Loading Facility Pond – 2 mile south of Letellier off of highway 75
  • Buffalo Channel – In Albergthal
  • Patersons Pit – 6 miles south of Jordan corner off of highway 3

We strongly encourage the Agricultural and Construction sector to make use of these alternate sources of water.

Please contact your local municipality for details on alternate water options for your community.

PVWC continues to place a high priority to supplying quality water for our health care facilities in the Southern Health region.

We really appreciate your efforts to reduce water usage. Your continued support to minimize consumption and access alternate sources of water is requested.

June 7, 2021

High Water Usage Continues to be a Concern for Pembina Valley Water Cooperative

Over the last 24 hours the Regional System has continued to be stable with most reservoirs close to full. As the week begins water usage is starting to increase. The Pembina Valley Water Cooperative continues to be in a heightened state of awareness, because of the rate at which water is continuing to go out. If we were to have a break down at one of the plants it would be less than 6-8 hours before the plant runs out of water.

PVWC is sensitive to supplying quality water for our health care facilities in the Southern Health region.

Thank you everyone for your efforts to reduce water usage. We need your continued support to minimize consumption and access alternate sources of water.

Many towns and municipalities are providing a rain-barrel fill system, please contact your local municipal office for more information.

Five truck-fill locations have been set up to support the agricultural and industrial community. Signs and additional fittings are being provided today at the following sites:

·       Lavallee Gravel Pit – 4 miles east of Morris down highway 23

·       West of St Jean – 2 miles west of St Jean R1 E and Rd 17 N

·       Mid-Canada Transfer Loading Facility Pond – 2 mile south of Letellier off of highway 75

·       Buffalo Channel – In Albergthal

·       Patersons Pit – 6 miles south of Jordan corner off of highway 3

Please contact your local municipality for additional locations.

June 6, 2021

Pembina Valley Water Cooperative Requests your Continued Water Conservation Efforts

Over the last 24 hours the Regional System (Letellier, Morris and Stephenfield water treatment plants), has been stable and with the additional rain, most reservoirs have been filled. The Pembina Valley Water Cooperative continues to be in a heightened state of awareness. We continue to be very concerned of our ability to provide potable water to the region with the forecasted temperatures over the next two weeks.

PVWC is sensitive to supplying quality water for our health care facilities in the Southern Health region.

Thank you everyone for your efforts to reduce water usage. In spite of the rain, we need your continued support to minimize consumption and access alternate sources of water.

A numer of municipalities are looking at innovative ways to make non-drinking water available for yard/garden use, such as filling residents rain barrels.

The municipalities are working with PVWC to identify additional truck fills and other sources of water to support the agricultural and industrial community. Some locations are:

  • Lavallee Gravel Pit – 4 miles east of Morris down highway 23
  • St Jean Pond – North of town across from the baseball diamonds
  • Mid-Canada Transfer Loading Facility Pond – 2 mile south of Letellier off of highway 75
  • Buffalo Channel – In Albergthal
  • Patersons Pit – 6 miles south of Jordan corner off of highway 3

Please contact your local municipality for additional locations.

June 5, 2021

Due to the increased demands on the Morris and Stephenfield system we are now monitoring the system from a regional perspective.

Over the last 24 hours the system has been stable and the water plants have been able to hold their own due to the public support of reducing the water usage. There are still municipal reservoirs that are not 100% filled. The Pembina Valley Water Cooperative continues to be in a critical high water usage situation and is concerned about the potential increase in agricultural use next week.

PVWC is very sensitive to continuing to supply quality water to our health care facilities in the Southern Health region.

A number of municipalities are looking at ways to make non-drinking water available for yard/garden use, such as filling residents rain barrels.

The municipalities are working with PVWC to identify additional truck fills and other sources of water to support the agricultural and industrial community. These locations include:

  • Lavallee Gravel Pit – 4 miles east of Morris down highway 23
  • St Jean Pond – North of town across from the baseball diamonds
  • Mid-Canada Transfer Loading Facility Pond – 2 mile south of Letellier off of highway 75
  • Buffalo Channel – off of Albergthal
  • Patersons Pit – 6 miles south of Jordan corner off of highway 3

June 4, 2021

The Pembina Valley Water Cooperative continues to be in a critical high water usage situation and is concerned about the potential increase in agricultural use next week. The situation is being closely monitored. PVWC is very sensitive to continuing to supply quality water to our health care facilities in the Southern Health region.

  • The Letellier water treatment plant saw minimal decrease in flows since the mandatory water reduction has been issued. If a break-down were to occur, the plant would run out of water in 6 hours or less
  • The Morris water treatment plant has now moved into a critical situation as well and requires a mandatory water reduction for the system. Operators are working hard to do additional cleanings and it is not sustainable for production. If a break-down were to occur, the plant would run out of water in 8-10 hours
  • The Stephenfield water treatment plant is running at near maximum capacity
  • The municipalities are working with PVWC to identify additional truck fills and other sources of water to support the agricultural and industrial community

The additional municipalities being added to the Mandatory Water Reduction are as follows:

  • M. of Roland
  • Town of Morris
  • M. of Morris
  • M. of Thompson

June 3, 2021

  • The Letellier water treatment plant reservoir level went down from 3.65m to 3.2m over night
  • The plant is putting out ~8000 m3/day and cannot sustain this amount
  • Most municipalities water usage increased yesterday
  • At the rate we are going, if the Letellier plant were to break down for any reason the reservoir would be empty in less than 6 hours
  • it is URGENT that municipalities reduce their water usage

Pembina Valley Water Cooperative Requests Mandatory Water Reduction

Pembina Valley Water Cooperative is requesting a mandatory water reduction of 15% by the local municipalities. This affects customers that receive water from our Letellier water treatment plant, including the following municipalities:

• Town of Altona
• R.M. of Montcalm
• R.M. of Stanley
• City of Winkler
• Municipality of Emerson-Franklin
• Municipality of Rhineland
• City of Morden
• Altona Rural Water Coop
• Roseau River First Nations
• Halbstadt Marais Water Coop

The Letellier water treatment plant is at max capacity. There is adequate water in the river, however the current infrastructure does not allow for anymore water to be drawn. Hot weather is expected this week and into the next, which will continue to put strain on the system.

Pembina Valley Water Cooperative appreciates your cooperation in Using Water Wisely throughout this period of high heat.

For more information, please contact your local municipal office or Greg Archibald, CEO of Pembina Valley Water Cooperative 204-324-4298.

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About Pembina Valley Water Cooperative Inc 

In the early 90’s, a number of municipalities in south central Manitoba joined to form the Pembina Valley Water Cooperative Inc. (PVWC). The purpose was to develop a regional approach to supplying potable water in an area which lacked wide distribution of good, plentiful water resources, but which also exhibited the highest rate of economic growth of any region in Manitoba.

The PVWC, a privately held not for profit cooperative owned by fourteen member municipalities, offers a regional approach to producing and distributing high quality, potable water. The PVWC pipeline distribution system covers a service area of 9,000 square kilometers and serves a population base of approximately 50,000 people.  The head office is located in Altona, Manitoba with water treatment plants located in Letellier, Morris and Stephenfield.  Situated in the midst of the province’s richest agricultural and economically thriving area, PVWC provides potable water to this vibrant and diverse region.  PVWC has succeeded through vision and forward planning to achieve consistent growth.

Municipalities that are members of the cooperative include:

Town of Altona             City of Winkler

R.M. of Dufferin            Town of Carman

R.M. of Grey                   Municipality of Emerson – Franklin

R.M. of Montcalm         R.M. of Morris

Town of Morris             Municipality  of Rhineland

R.M. of Roland              City of Morden

R.M. of Stanley             R.M. of Thompson

The mandate of the PVWC is to provide treated/potable water that meets all of the Canadian drinking water standards to its municipal members. It is governed by a board of 14 members, one representative from each municipal member.

Pembina Valley Water Coop

429 Industrial Drive

Altona, MB  R0G 0B0