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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Transcona Sewage Lift Station (Plessis Road, Winnipeg)

The “Witch’s Hut”, as it is referred to by locals, was constructed in 1915 and designed by W. M. Scott. Closing in 1977, it pumped local sewage into the Red River from a large pit located some 25 feet underground. The four columns that look like chimneys served as vents to allow the sewer gas to escape from the 40-foot diameter pit.

This pump station was the finale of a $215,000 water system project during a tremendous population boom in Transcona. Once complete, the town council announced it would no longer collect outhouse waste, and thereby established a flat rate for water of $2.00 quarterly for every house.

This structure was retired in 1988 by the Waterworks, Waste and Disposal Department, and turned over for restoration and ongoing upkeep to the Parks and Recreation Department.

“Witch’s Hut” and Transcona Sewage Lift Station Plaque

“Witch’s Hut” and Transcona Sewage Lift Station Plaque (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90015, W97.02525
denoted by symbol on the map above


Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 March 2021

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