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Water Line Replacement in Trenton Announced Under Infrastructure Program

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS--Water Line Replacement in Trenton Announced Under Infrastructure Program


Improvements to the water system in Trenton, Pictou, Co. are on their way with a water line replacement project funded through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

Joint funding in the amount of $333,334 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.

"Our government signed on to the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program with the intention of helping Nova Scotians, regardless of whether they're in a rural community or a large municipality, to enjoy clean water, a healthy environment and an opportunity to prosper at home," 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 Trenton Water Line Replacement.

"A clean, healthy environment is crucial to building strong communities and improving our quality of life," said Mr. Thibault. "Through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program, the Government of Canada is investing in green projects that will provide safe, higher quality drinking water, and improve our environment."

The $500,000 Trenton Water Line Replacement project will replace existing water lines with new, larger water mains, providing local residents with more efficient and reliable water service. The federal and provincial funding under the program is subject to the formal acceptance of the Town of Trenton, which will fund the balance of the project costs.

"This project is good news for the Town of Trenton," said Mayor Cathy Cotter. "It will not only improve the quality of our drinking water, it will improve our fire protection as well."

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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Trenton residents will soon see improvements to their water system.

The more than three hundred and thirty three thousand dollars in joint funding 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 and Municipal Relations.

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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
C.R. Campbell
Town of Trenton 902-752-5311

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kjd            July 12, 2001       4:32 P.M.