News release

Lunenburg Pollution Prevention Pilot for Province

ENVIRONMENT/LABOUR--Lunenburg Pollution Prevention Pilot for Province


The Department of Environment and Labour and the Town of Lunenburg are piloting a broad-based water conservation and pollution prevention program for Nova Scotia. The three-year awareness campaign is aimed at the town's businesses, residents and school-aged children. The program kicks off this month with the Home Tune-Up campaign.

The department and Clean Nova Scotia are joining forces to offer homeowners a Home Tune-Up audit that helps them conserve water. Once the audit is completed, homeowners will receive a kit valued at $220 that includes low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators. A limited number of Home Tune-Up audits are available to the residents of Lunenburg this year at a cost of $30.

"This project is an excellent example of co-operation between the three levels of government to address an environmental issue that is of key importance to all Nova Scotians," said David Morse, Minister of Environment and Labour.

Provincial and town program co-ordinators will also be working with the community to develop policies and plans that will support a long-term approach to preventing pollution. The project will look at municipal activities such as land-use planning, road maintenance and the promotion of environmentally friendly products, also known as green purchasing.

"Our community is proud to be the municipal pilot for the province," said Laurence Mawhinney, mayor of Lunenburg. "We hope there will be many other opportunities for communities to benefit from this project."

As part of the pilot, the Department of Environment and Labour will also develop awareness and training programs to promote pollution prevention, water conservation and protection of water resources.

Lunenburg homeowners can book a Home Tune-Up by calling Clean Nova Scotia at 902-420-3474 or 1-800-665-LESS.

Next week, June 3 to 7, is Environment Week in Nova Scotia and across Canada. More information is available on the Department of Environment and Labour Web site, at <a href="http://www.gov.ns.ca/enla">www.gov.ns.ca/enla<a/>.

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Lunenburg will be the location for a new pollution prevention pilot for the province. The three-year program starts this month with a Home Tune-Up campaign being offered to Lunenburg homeowners by the Department of Environment and Labour and Clean Nova Scotia.

Provincial and town program co-ordinators will develop awareness and training programs to promote municipal pollution prevention, water conservation and protection of water resources.

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Contact:

Robert Moffat
Environment and Labour 902-424-6427 E-mail:
Marc Belliveau
Town of Lunenburg 902-634-8992 E-mail:
Bea Renton
Town of Lunenburg 902-634-4410 E-mail:
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