Improved Water and Wastewater Services Approved for Sherbrooke Residents

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

October 21, 2002 2:25 PM

New water meters and utility upgrades for the Sherbrooke water
system got the green light today, Oct. 21, because of a $128,684
project funded through the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure
Program.

Joint federal-provincial funding of $85,788 was announced by
Premier John Hamm and Robert Thibault, Minister of Fisheries and
Oceans, on behalf of Gerry Byrne, Minister of State for the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The Municipality of the
District of St. Mary's will fund the $42,896 balance upon formal
acceptance of the agreement.

"This project demonstrates our government's commitment to working
with communities to provide Nova Scotians with safe and reliable
drinking water," said Premier Hamm. "Completion of this project
will bring immediate benefits to the residents of Sherbrooke,
including improved water quality and quantity."

Green municipal infrastructure to ensure effective wastewater
management and safe drinking water is the first priority under
the program. The majority of the federal and provincial funding
announced to date has been directed to green projects.

"Building strong communities and improving quality of life is a
priority for the government of Canada," said Mr. Thibault. "The
Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is one of the ways we
are investing in green projects designed to improve our
environment and provide safe, high-quality water systems."

The Sherbrooke Water and Wastewater Utility Upgrades project is
multi-faceted, involving the installation of water meters for 142
customers and upgrades and enhancements to the town's wastewater
and water utilities. The project will allow the water utility to
quickly detect and repair leaks, resulting in less wasted water.
Improvements will also further reduce operating costs by using
less power and chemicals. Storm water will be diverted from the
wastewater treatment plant creating greater efficiency. The
community will benefit from a consistent level of service for all
customers and improved water appearance and quality.

"This project will definitely have a positive impact on our
community," said Milton Jordan, Warden of the District of St.
Mary's. "We are pleased that our municipality has been able to
work with the government of Canada and the province of Nova
Scotia to make our community a better place to live, work and
visit."

This is one of a series of approval announcements for projects
under Round Two of the infrastructure program. To date, 75
projects have been announced, representing an investment of more
than $116 million. 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.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a member of the management
committee. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is represented
on the program's management committee.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     New water meters and utility upgrades for the Sherbrooke

water system got the green light today (October 21st).

     The provincial and federal governments announced joint

funding of about 87-thousand dollars. The District of St. Mary's

will also contribute funding to the project.

     The community will benefit from a consistent level of

service for all customers and improved water appearance and

quality.

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Contact: Deborah Bayer
         Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat
         902-424-0112

         David Harrigan
         Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
         902-222-2911

         Milton Jordan
         District of St. Mary's
         902-522-2049

kjd         October 21, 2002         11:57 A.M.