News release

Infrastructure Improvements Announced for Port Williams

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS--Infrastructure Improvements Announced for Port Williams


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.

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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
Kelly Rice
Village of Kingston 902-765-2800

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