News release

Stewiacke Water System Upgrade Approved

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS-Stewiacke Water System Upgrade Approved


Residents of Stewiacke will soon see improvements in their water system, thanks to a system upgrade project funded through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

Joint funding, in the amount of $868,062, was announced today as one of 22 project approvals totalling more than $21.8 million, by Robert Thibault, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Brooke Taylor, MLA for Colchester Musquodoboit Valley, on behalf of the Honourable Angus MacIssac, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

"The Government of Canada is working with Nova Scotians to build strong communities and improve our quality of life," said Mr. Thibault. "Through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program, we are investing in 'green' projects that will improve our environment and provide safe, higher quality water systems."

Green municipal infrastructure to ensure effective waste-water management and safe drinking water is the first priority under the program. The majority of the federal and provincial funding announced in year one will be directed to green projects, like the Water Distribution Upgrade.

"We are responding to the needs of our communities -- to improve the quality of drinking water, to clean up the environment and assist in meeting future economic growth," said Mr. Taylor.

The $1,302,093 project is the first of three phases, which will upgrade the town's entire water system. This project will replace some distribution and transmission lines, as well as add a high-lift pump and controls.

Once completed, the system is expected to help eliminate water- line breaks and provide more reliable water service to 1,500 residents. The federal and provincial funding under the Program is subject to the formal acceptance of the Town of Stewiacke, which will fund the balance of the project.

"Quite simply, we wouldn't be able to carry out this project on our own," said Stewiacke Mayor Bruce Lohnes. "We're happy that the federal and provincial governments were able to share the costs of this important project with us. "

This is the first in a series of approval announcements for projects nominated by municipalities under the program. Further 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. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is represented on the Program's management committee.


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Stewiacke residents will soon see improvements in their

water system because of a major system upgrade.

The project's more than 868-thousand dollars in funding was

announced today by the Honourable Robert Thibault, Minister of

State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Brooke

Taylor, M-L-A for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

The 22 projects approved today, totalling more than 21-

million dollars, are the first in a series of summer

announcements.

Last October, the federal and provincial governments said

they would invest in projects to improve municipal water systems

and to protect the environment under the Canada/Nova Scotia

Infrastructure Program.

Municipal governments will also contribute to the projects.

The Infrastructure Program is a six-year, 195-million-dollar

investment in municipal infrastructure administered by ACOA and

Service Nova Scotia.

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Contact:

Jennifer Savoy
Office of Robert Thibault 613-941-7291
Deborah Bayer
Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat 902-424-0112 E-mail:
Bruce Lohnes
Town of Stewiacke 902-639-2231
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