Infrastructure Improvements Announced for Port Williams

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

July 12, 2001 3:00 PM

A water system upgrade project in Port Williams will deliver
improved water service to area residents. The project will be
funded through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

Joint funding, in the amount of $230,666, was announced today as
one of 22 project approvals totalling more than $21.8 million, by
Robert G. Thibault, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency, and Mark Parent, MLA for Kings North, on
behalf of Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and
Municipal Relations.

"Our government made a promise to work with municipalities to
make Nova Scotia safer, healthier and more prosperous," said Mr.
Parent. "The Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is
helping us to meet that commitment and to respond to our
municipalities."

Green municipal infrastructure that ensures effective wastewater
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 upgrades in Port Williams.

"The water we drink, the air we breathe - these are important to
Nova Scotians and to the Government of Canada, " said Mr.
Thibault. "Through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure
Program, we're investing in green projects that will clean our
environment and improve our quality of life."

The $346,000 project will replace water lines and a sewer line on
Belcher Street in addition to replacing water meters and
renovating three pumping stations. Once completed, the project
will increase the number of households connected to municipal
services and improve water quality. The federal and provincial
funding under the program is subject to the formal acceptance of
the Village Commission, which will fund the balance of the
project.

"The people of Port Williams have seen the headlines and have
made it clear to the Village Commission that they want a safer
water supply for their home, their workplace and their loved
ones," said Lewis Benedict, Chair of the Village Commission.
"We're confident that today's announcement is a step towards
fulfilling their needs."

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:

A project to improve water service to area residents got the

green light today.

     Joint funding, in the amount of more than two hundred and

thirty thousand dollars, was announced today by Robert Thibault,

Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

and Mark Parent, MLA for Kings North.

     The twenty-two projects approved today, totalling more than

twenty-one 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, one hundred and

ninety-five million dollar investment in municipal infrastructure

administered by ACOA and Service Nova Scotia.

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Contact: Jennifer Savoy
         Press Secretary
         Office of the Honourable Robert Thibault
         613-941-7291

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

         Kelly Rice
         Village of Kingston
         902-765-2800

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kjd              July 13, 2001      3:09 P.M.