News release

Town of Digby to have Sewer Lines Upgraded

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations--Town of Digby to have Sewer Lines Upgraded


Digby residents on both Prince William Street and Thomas Road, will soon see enhancements to their sewer services thanks to a project funded through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

Joint federal and provincial funding, in the amount of $161,062, was announced today by Gordon Balser, MLA for Digby, on behalf of Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and Robert Thibault, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The total cost of the projects will be $241,594.

"The program's first priority is to provide environmentally responsible municipal infrastructure, especially for sewer and water projects," said Mr. Balser. "By working with our colleagues at the federal and local levels, we can upgrade these systems in our communities and ensure a safer environment for Nova Scotians."

This is one of a series of projects nominated by municipalities under the program, totalling $24.2 million to date. Additional announcements are expected as projects undergo environmental assessments and final approvals. The majority of the federal and provincial funding announced in year one will be directed to green projects like the sanitary sewer installation in Digby.

"The Government of Canada is making infrastructure a top priority in our communities," said Mr. Thibault. "Through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program, we are investing in 'green' projects that will improve our quality of life and provide for a cleaner environment."

The projects will replace sewer lines on Prince William Street, that are some of Digby's oldest. It will also install a sanitary sewer service on Thomas Road., the only part of town not currently serviced. These upgrades will help the Town of Digby achieve its goal of bringing sewer services to all areas of the town. The federal and provincial funding under the program is subject to the formal acceptance of the Town of Digby, which will fund the balance of the project.

"We are delighted to see Digby's sewer infrastructure upgraded and extended to include the entire town," said Frank Mackintosh, Mayor of the Town of Digby. "This co-operative project will provide great health and environmental benefits to Digby's current and future populations."

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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Some Digby residents will soon see enhancements to their sewer services.

More than 241-thousand dollars will go toward replacing sewer lines on Prince William Street and installing sanitary sewer service on Thomas Road.

Funding for the projects will come from the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program and the Town of Digby.

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Contact:

Deborah Bayer
Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat 902-424-0112 E-mail:
Jennifer Savoy
Office of the Honourable Robert G. Thibault 613-941-7291
Linda Fraser
Clerk Treasurer, Town of Digby 902-245-4769
ddo                        August 13, 2001                    10:28 A.M.