Province Helps Oxford Water Project

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

March 1, 2001 3:00 PM

The Town of Oxford and its residents got some long-awaited good
news about their water supply today.

Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal
Relations, announced the province will invest $2.8 million to
complete the Oxford Water Supply Project through the Provincial
Capital Assistance Program.

"The people of Oxford have been putting up with a serious water
problem for far too long," said Mr. MacIsaac. "We are committed to
ensuring the return of acceptable drinking water to the residents
and clearing the way for economic development."

Both the water-quality and economic-impact issues make this a
high-ranking project for the province, he said. "This is an
investment in the health and economic well-being of Oxford
residents."

The project has become a priority for Oxford in order for it to
meet current and future needs of the town and its largest water
consumer, Oxford Frozen Foods. Oxford''s water source has saltwater
influences and contains iron and manganese in excess of the
Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. Currently, the
town''s water system is not sufficient in quantity or quality to
service residents or Oxford Frozen Foods, the major employer in the
area.

"This is tremendous news that represents the future for Oxford,"
says Mayor Lloyd Jenkins. "This water treatment and supply project
will help ensure the long-term viability of our community. This
facility is going to be a very positive development for the area,
well into the future."

The $5.4 million project will be funded with $2.8 million from the
province, $1.2 million from the Town of Oxford; and $750,000 from
Oxford Frozen Foods. In addition, $600,000 has already been
invested under the former Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Works
Program in 1998.

It is expected that a tender for the project will be awarded within
the next couple of weeks. Construction will get under way shortly
after the tender is awarded. Completion is scheduled for the end of
August.

The town has already completed an extensive groundwater exploration
project and is preparing design plans and specifications for the
improvements.

The system will include four new production wells located near
McElmon Brook,12 kilometres northwest of Oxford, and a chlorination
plant at Mansfield.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The residents of Oxford got some good news today. A project

to improve the water supply quality and capacity will finally go

ahead with help from the province.

     The Minister responsible for Service Nova Scotia and

Municipal Relations, Angus MacIsaac, says the province will invest

the final two-point-eight-million dollars to get the project under

way.

     Residents have put up with levels of iron and manganese in

excess of the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality.

Mr. MacIsaac says water quantity and quality threatened economic

development in the Cumberland County area.

The project will cost five-point-four-million dollars. It

will be funded with one-point-two-million dollars from the Town

of Oxford, two-point-eight-million from the province, 750-

thousand from Oxford Frozen Foods, and 600-thousand dollars

previously invested under a federal-provincial agreement.

Completion is scheduled by the end of August.

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Contact: Robyn McIsaac
         Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
         902-424-6336
         E-mail: mcisaarc@gov.ns.ca


kjd                         March 1, 2001      3:18 p.m.