Richmond Gets $2.4 Million for 'Green' Projects

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

July 26, 2001 2:21 PM

Residents of Richmond County will soon see improvements to their
water and sewer services with funding for two projects through
the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

Joint federal and provincial funding of $1,649,360 for two
projects was announced today by Robert Thibault, Minister of
State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Ron
Chisholm, MLA for Guysborough-Port Hawkesbury, on behalf of Angus
MacIsaac, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal
Relations.

"The Government of Canada is committed to working with Nova
Scotians to build strong communities and improve our quality of
life," said Mr. Thibault. "With the Canada/Nova Scotia
Infrastructure Program we are focused on investments in projects
that improve the health of these communities by delivering
higher-quality water and sewer services."

Green municipal infrastructure to ensure effective waste-water
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 water treatment plant upgrade serving the communities of
Arichat and Petit de Grat, and a new sewage treatment plant for
St. Peter's.

"The essential investments we are making today and in the coming
weeks will pay off in long-term benefits for every Nova Scotian,"
said Mr. Chisholm. "Because of these projects, this province will
be a better place to live, work, visit and invest."

A $1,474,041 water treatment plant upgrade will provide more-
reliable water service to the communities of Arichat and Petit de
Grat. The upgrade will treat the water drawn from Babin's Lake to
a higher level, alleviating concerns over water quality. The
$982,694 in federal and provincial funding under the program is
subject to the formal acceptance of the Municipality of the
County of Richmond, which will fund the balance of the project
costs.

"This project is a great step forward in assuring a safe water
supply for the residents of both Arichat and Petit de Grat," said
Richmond County warden Richard Cotton. "It is encouraging to see
both the federal and provincial governments making a commitment
to our priorities."

The $1 million sewage-treatment plant construction for St.
Peter's will improve waste-water treatment for all households
connected to the new plant and will have the capacity to process
waste water from presently unserviced areas of the community. The
$666,666 in federal and provincial funding under the program is
subject to the formal acceptance of the Village of St. Peter's,
which will fund the balance of project costs.

"The federal and provincial funding was essential to getting this
project off the ground," said Esther McDonnell, chair of the
village commission. "It is important to our community that we be
able to provide for proper treatment of our waste water. We are
glad to get a favourable response on our most pressing need."

This is the second in a series of approval announcements for
projects nominated by municipalities under the program, which has
invested more than $24.2 million to date. 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 (Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation in Cape Breton) and
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The Union of Nova
Scotia Municipalities is represented on the Program's management
committee.


FOR BROADCAST USE

     Residents of Richmond County will soon see improvements in

their water and sewer services with funding for two projects

through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

     The joint federal-provincial funding, totalling over one-

point-six-million dollars, was announced today by federal ACOA

Minister Robert Thibault and Guysborough-Port Hawkesbury M-L-A

Ron Chisholm.

     A one-point-four-million-dollar upgrade for the water

treatment plant serving Petit de Grat and Arichat will receive

almost 983-thousand dollars. The project, which will further

treat water drawn from Babin Lake, is subject to approval by

Richmond County, which must pay the remaining third.

     A one-million-dollar sewage-plant construction project for

Saint Peter's will improve waste-water treatment for homes

already on the system and will have capacity to handle presently

unserviced areas of the community. The grant, which pays two-

thirds of the cost, is subject to approval from the village,

which must pay the remaining third of the cost.


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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

         Richard Cotton
         Warden, Municipality of the County of Richmond
         902-631-0715

         Esther McDonnell
         Chair, St. Peter's Village Commission
         902-535-2155


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kjd         July 26, 2001      2:18 P.M.