Improved Sewage Treatment for Barrington Area

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (to March 31, 2014)

January 20, 2003 11:08 AM

Barrington and Barrington Passage area residents will soon have a
$1.6-million sewage treatment system thanks to a project funded
through the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

Joint federal-provincial funding in the amount of $1,095,012 was
announced today, Jan. 20, by Robert Thibault, Minister of
Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of Gerry Byrne, Minister of State
for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and by MLA Cecil
O'Donnell, on behalf of Peter Christie, Minister of Service Nova
Scotia and Municipal Relations. The Municipality of the District
of Barrington will fund the balance of the project upon formal
acceptance of the agreement.

"The government of Canada is serious about working with Nova
Scotians to build strong communities and improving our quality of
life," said Mr. Thibault. "With the Canada-Nova Scotia
Infrastructure Program we focus on investing in projects that
improve the health of these communities by delivering higher
quality water and sewer services."

Green infrastructure projects promote effective wastewater
management, safe drinking water and sound environmental practices
that benefit families and businesses in the province. The
majority of the projects announced so far under the program are
classified as green projects.

"This is another example of how all levels of government are
working together to meet Nova Scotia's community goals of a safe
and healthy environment," said Mr. O'Donnell. "The new sewage
treatment system will deliver long-term environmental and cost-
saving benefits to residents of the Barrington area."

The Brass Hill Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade project involves
upgrading and expanding the Barrington and Barrington Passage
sewage collection and treatment system. The planned repairs and
replacements will include a UV disinfection system to treat
sewage while using fewer chemicals. The project will result in
more than 600 households being served by a more reliable and
better quality wastewater system, and the environment will
benefit from the discharge of cleaner, safer effluent.

"The health of our residents and environment is paramount.
Today's project announcement addresses our top concerns by
finding intelligent solutions to the needs of our growing
community," said Sterling Belliveau, warden of the Municipality
of the District of Barrington.

This project is one of a series of approval announcements under
the infrastructure program. To date, 90 projects have been
announced, representing an investment of more than $137 million.
Additional announcements are expected as projects undergo
environmental assessment and final approval.

The $195 million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure
Program is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a member of the management
committee. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is represented
on the program's management committee.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Residents of the Barrington and Barrington Passage areas

will soon see extensive upgrades to the sewage collection and

treatment system.

     Joint federal-provincial funding of more than one-million

dollars was announced today (January 20th) by M-L-A Cecil

O'Donnell and Fisheries and Oceans Minister Robert Thibault.

     The planned repairs and replacements will include a U-V

disinfection system to treat sewage while using fewer chemicals.

     More than 600 households will benefit from a more reliable

and better quality wastewater system.

     The project is part of the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure

Program.

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Contact: Caroline Quinn
         Office of Robert G. Thibault
         613-992-3474

         David Harrigan
         Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
         902-222-2911

         Deborah Bayer
         Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat
         902-424-0112
         E-mail: bayerdj@gov.ns.ca

         Sterling Belliveau
         Warden, Municipality of the District of Barrington
         902-637-2015

kjd         January 20, 2003         11:05 A.M.