News release

Infrastructure Improvements for Truro

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS--Infrastructure Improvements for Truro


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

Joint funding, in the amount of $284,000, was announced Thursday as one of 22 project approvals totalling more than $21.8 million.

The announcements were made by Robert G. Thibault, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and provincial Health Minister Jamie Muir, on behalf of Angus MacIssac, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

"The Government of Canada has made infrastructure a major priority," said Mr. Thibault. "Through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program, we're investing in 'green' projects that will provide a clean healthy environment and improve our quality of life."

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 Truro's water system upgrade.

"The people of Nova Scotia want safe drinking water, sewage treatment plants that protect the environment, and the ability to grow and prosper in their home province," said Mr. Muir. "The Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is helping us to meet that commitment and respond to municipalities."

The $426,000 project will make improvements in distribution, flow, pressure, and disinfectant capabilities. Residents will receive higher-quality water, more reliable service with more households connected to the system. The federal and provincial funding under the program is subject to formal acceptance from the Town of Truro, which will fund the balance of the project.

"The residents of Truro want a safe and reliable drinking water," said Mayor Bill Mills. "This upgrade will greatly benefit our community, and have a positive impact on the environment."

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


FOR BROADCAST USE

Residents of Truro will soon see improvements in their water

system.

Joint funding for the water project, in the amount of 284-

thousand dollars, was announced today by Robert Thibault,

Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency,

and Jamie Muir, M-L-A for Truro-Bible Hill.

The 22 projects approved for Nova Scotia 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:
Mike McGill
Town of Truro 902-895-4484