Pictou County Residents to Benefit from Infrastructure Projects

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

October 21, 2002 10:59 AM

Three Pictou County communities will soon have improvements to
their municipal water services because of $1,452,154 worth of
projects funded through the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure
Program.

A total of $968,102 in joint federal-provincial funding was
announced today 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.
Local municipalities will fund the remaining $484,052 upon formal
acceptance of the agreement.

"One of the top priorities of the Canada-Nova Scotia
Infrastructure Program is to deliver a safer and reliable supply
of drinking water and sewer services to Nova Scotians," said
Premier Hamm. "These projects will help improve the quality of
life for residents in the communities of Westville, New Glasgow
and Trenton."

Green infrastructure projects promote safe drinking water,
effective wastewater management and sound environmental practices
that serve to benefit businesses, families and tourism in the
province. All of the projects announced today, Oct. 21, are
classified as 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 like these announced for Pictou
County, designed to improve our environment and provide safe,
high-quality water systems."

Following the completion of a new water treatment plant in 2000,
the town of New Glasgow's water line renewals project calls for
the replacement of aging water mains that have a history of
leakage. In replacing the old mains, about 600 homes, a new
regional school and one commercial area will benefit from
improved potable water quality and quantity. In addition, zero
leakage on the new mains will reduce water loss and will improve
fire protection.

"The town of New Glasgow has always worked conscientiously to
provide and maintain quality infrastructure projects for our
residents," said Ann MacLean, Mayor of New Glasgow. "The Canada-
Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program has gone a long way in helping
us uphold that tradition."

Westville's water renewal project calls for the upgrading of 558
metres of North Main Street water line, which has a history of
breaks. Because the line forms part of the feeder coming from the
town of New Glasgow, the quality and quantity of water available
to Westville will be greatly increased. The project will
significantly reduce unaccounted-for water loss, and will
directly benefit 1,500 residential customers with an improved
supply of potable water.

"We're very excited about today's infrastructure announcement,"
said Westville Mayor Sandy Cyr. "We'll soon be able to put the
waste and inconvenience of many water main breaks behind us, and
deliver the reliable water services our residents deserve."

Trenton's water meter project will allow for the supply and
installation of about 840 residential water meters throughout the
town of Trenton, which will complete the metering for the entire
town. Accurate metering serves as a leak detection tool by
determining unaccounted-for water use. This in turn assists with
conservation by reducing consumption and waste. In addition, the
new meters serve as a utility management tool, providing key
information on peak demand times, area usage and consumption
rates.

"Environmental considerations are very important to us. Being
able to accurately measure our town's water consumption is
directly related to our ability to conserve water," said Trenton
Mayor Cathy Cotter. "Metering will also ensure an accurate
picture of when and how Trenton residents use the water, allowing
us to better serve our customers' needs."

The Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program has announced 75
projects to date, worth more than $116 million. More
announcements are expected soon as projects continue to 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:

Three Pictou County communities will soon have improvements

to their municipal water services.

     The Nova Scotia and federal governments today (October

21st) announced nearly one million dollars in funding to replace

water mains in New Glasgow, and to upgrade a water line for

Westville and to upgrade water meters for Trenton.


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

         David Harrigan
         Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
         902-426-4238

kjd         October 21, 2002         10:59 A.M.