News release

Improved Water System for New Glasgow through Infrastructure Program

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS--Improved Water System for New Glasgow through Infrastructure Program


A water pipe replacement project will soon bring improved water service to residents on some of New Glasgow's arterial roads. This project is funded through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

Joint funding, in the amount of $490,236, was announced today as one of 22 project approvals totalling more than $21.8 million, by Premier John Hamm and Robert G. Thibault, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

"We've listened to the priorities of the local government and are responding to meet these needs - to improve the quality of our water, clean up the environment and assist in meeting future growth," said the premier.

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 George Street Water Line Renewal.

"The Government of Canada is committed to projects that improve our quality of life," said Mr. Thibault. "Through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program, we're investing in green projects that will provide higher quality drinking water and a cleaner environment."

The $807,683 project will provide a more efficient and reliable water service to the residents in the area of George Street and Stellarton Road. In addition to water service improvements, the project will also widen Stellarton Road from George Street to Westville Road to ease traffic congestion and aid the movement of emergency vehicles through a busy intersection in New Glasgow. The federal and provincial funding under the program is subject to the formal acceptance of the Town of New Glasgow, which will fund the balance of the project costs.

"This project will greatly benefit the residents of New Glasgow by providing a reliable water supply to a large area of the town and improving traffic flow that will greatly ease downtown traffic congestion," said Mayor Ann MacLean. "The Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program has made it possible to get started on this important undertaking without further delay."

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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New Glasgow residents will soon see improvements to their water service.

Joint funding, in the amount of more than four hundred and ninety thousand dollars, was announced today by Premier John Hamm and Robert Thibault, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

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 E-mail:
Gary R. Rankin
Town of New Glasgow 902-755-8333

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kjd            July 12, 2001       4:30 P.M.