Infrastructure Improvements for Westville, Pictou County

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

July 12, 2001 4:40 PM

Westville's water system will receive major improvements with
upgrades funded through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure
Program.

Joint funding in the amount of $214,344 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 Jim DeWolfe, MLA for Pictou East, on
behalf of Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and
Municipal Relations.

"Supplying safe and reliable water service to Nova Scotia
communities is one of the main objectives of the Canada/Nova
Scotia Infrastructure Program," said Mr.DeWolfe. "It is an
essential service and needed investment in our future."

Green municipal infrastructure that ensures effective wastewater
management and safe drinking water is the first priority under
the program. All of the federal and provincial funding announced
in year one will be directed to green projects, like the Main
Street water and sewer upgrade.

"The Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is helping
maintain strong, healthy communities," said Mr. Thibault. "The
Government of Canada is investing in green projects that will
provide quality drinking water, clean our environment and improve
our quality of life."

The $321,516 project will provide new water and sewer lines along
Main Street. Once completed, the project will result in improved
water service and wastewater collection. The project is also
expected to increase the number of households connected to
municipal services and reduce the risk of water line breaks in a
high-traffic area of Westville. The federal and provincial
funding under the program is subject to the formal acceptance of
the Town of Westville, which will fund the balance of the
project.

"This upgrade will improve both water distribution and wastewater
collection systems to the residents of Westville," said Pictou
County Warden Allister MacDonald. "I am pleased to see the
cooperation amongst the three levels of government to bring about
this project."

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 upgrade Westville's water and sewer systems got

the green light today.

     More than two hundred and fourteen thousand dollars in joint

funding was announced today byRobert Thibault, Minister of State

for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Jim DeWolfe, M-L

-A for Pictou East.

     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
         Office of the Honourable Robert Thibault
         613-941-7291

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

        Gary Rankin
        Town of Westville
        902-755-8333

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kjd         July 12, 2001      4:37 P.M.