Infrastructure Program Invests in Projects Worth $3.3 Million

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

November 15, 2002 9:15 AM

Ten projects got the green light today, Nov. 15, in one of a
series of federal-provincial infrastructure funding

A total of $2,240,110 in joint federal-provincial funding was
announced in Middleton by Robert Thibault, Minister of Fisheries
and Oceans, on behalf of Gerry Byrne, Minister of State for the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and by MLA Frank Chipman on
behalf of Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and
Municipal Relations. Local municipalities will fund the remaining
$1,120,066 upon formal acceptance of the agreement.

"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 projects that
will improve our quality of life by providing a safe and healthy

These infrastructure projects promote safe drinking water,
effective wastewater management, safer communities and sound
environmental practices that benefit businesses, families and
tourism in the province.

"Our government is committed to providing safe drinking water and
a clean environment for Nova Scotians," said Mr. Chipman. "We are
working closely with the municipalities to ensure that Nova
Scotians have access to both."

"With each new infrastructure project announced, we see the
results of the hard work community partners and municipal staff
have invested in developing these project proposals," said Don
Zwicker, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities.
"Thanks to the program, everybody's a winner."

The Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program has announced 86
projects to date, worth more than $123 million. More
announcements are expected as projects continue to undergo
environmental assessments and final approvals.

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.


     Ten projects related to providing safe drinking water and

wastewater improvements got the green light today (November

15th). This is the latest in a series of funding announcements.

     Project details were announced in Middleton by M-L-A

Frank Chipman, on behalf of Service Nova Scotia Minister Angus

MacIsaac and federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Robert


     The Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is a six-year,

195-million-dollar investment in municipal infrastructure. The

program is administered by ACOA and Service Nova Scotia.


Contact: Jennifer Savoy
         Office of the Honourable Robert Thibault

         David Harrigan
         Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

         Deborah Bayer
         Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat

NOTE: The following is a list of projects approved
under the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program for Nov. 15.

East Main Street Sanitary and Storm Sewer Replacement/Separation
Town of Middleton
Shared Project Cost: $333,000 ($111,000 federal; $111,000
This project involves the replacement of poorly functioning storm
and sanitary sewer mains that are responsible for flooding,
system overflows into the Annapolis River and treatment system
overloads and washouts. Middleton residents will see a decrease
in the risk of household flooding because of this project, and
the local river ecosystem will benefit from a higher quality of
treated wastewater. The project provides for future community

Babineau Heights Sewer and Water Services
Town of Annapolis Royal
Shared Project Cost: $163,900 ($54,633 federal; $54,633
This project will replace 213 metres of 50-year-old sewer and
water mains on the Babineau Heights road. The new sewer line will
replace an old concrete pipe currently suffering from root
intrusion and leakage, while the new water main will be designed
and built to protect against any possible sewer
cross-contamination. In all, 20 homes and businesses will benefit
from safer, more reliable water services and fire hydrant access.

Margaretsville Water Treatment Filter System
Municipality of Annapolis
Shared Project Cost: $137,000 ($45,666 federal; $45,666
The water treatment project includes the installation of a slow
sand filter to treat the surface water portion of the community's
water supply, and a MIOX system, which uses salt water and
electricity to disinfect the remaining water. The unique MIOX
technology, new to Nova Scotia, will combine with the sand filter
system to deliver improved, safe drinking water that meets
Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines to 160 households.

Transportation Infrastructure: Streets, Sidewalks and Storm
Town of Bridgetown
Shared Project Cost: $300,000 ($100,000 federal; $100,000
This project will include sidewalk, curb and gutter improvements,
street reconstruction, storm drainage controls and repaving.
Improved storm drainage structures will reduce the risk of
flooding and lower maintenance costs.

Carleton Corner Watermain Upgrade
Town of Bridgetown
Shared Project Cost: $113,750 ($37,916 federal; $37,916
This project entails the design and replacement of 300 metres of
Carleton Corner watermain, as well as the installation of new
fire hydrants. The existing 4-inch diameter cast iron pipe is
deteriorating, causing numerous breaks. Ongoing buildup of
mineral deposits inside the pipe is also restricting proper water
flow. Nine homes will have improved-quality drinking water and
increased fire protection. Other benefits include an increase in
water distribution system reliability, a decrease in lost water,
and lower operating costs.

Water Chemical Building and Equipment
Village of Lawrencetown
Shared Project Cost: $106,429 ($35,476 federal; $35,476
This project provides for the construction of a new building for
water treatment supplies, such as chlorine metering equipment,
meters, valves and other related materials. The building will be
located adjacent to a new water storage tank constructed in the
spring 2002 through the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure
Program. Benefits include safer drinking water for the entire
community and will provide better maintenance accessibility and
service reliability.

Second Avenue, Birch Street and Montague Row: Sewer, Water and
Street Upgrading
Town of Digby
Shared Project Cost: $539,574 ($179,858 federal; $179,858
This project involves the upgrading of the local water system, in
addition to storm and sanitary sewer services on Second Avenue,
Birch Street and Montague Row, and will affect 66 households.
Some street repairs will also be undertaken as part of the
project, as well as upgrades to sidewalks, curbs and gutters.
Benefits to the community include increased water service
reliability and the elimination of the potential health risks
associated with deteriorated water lines.

Construction and Demolition Debris Disposal Site
Municipality of Argyle
Shared Project Cost: $300,190 ($100,063 federal; $100,063
The project involves developing a landfill facility for the
municipality and will potentially serve the County of Yarmouth to
manage the disposal and recycling of construction and demolition
debris. The nearest landfill site is 40 kilometres away from West
Pubnico, a large boat-building industry centre. Benefits include
a decrease in municipal solid waste sent to the landfill,
reduction in the soil and groundwater contamination, will help
prevent the illegal dumping of waste and promote reducing and
recycling techniques.

Upgrade Dingwall Water Supply and Treatment
Municipality of the County of Victoria
Shared Project Cost: $500,000 ($166,666 federal; $166,666
This project involves the design and construction of a new water
treatment facility and water supply in order to replace the
existing supply originating from the Aspy River, which is high in
organic content. When combined with chlorine for disinfection,
this organic content creates trihalomethanes (THMs), which are
associated with health risks. This project will supply improved
drinking water to about 100 households.

Louisdale and Evanston Water Storage Rehabilitation
Municipality of the County of Richmond
Shared Project Cost: $866,333 ($288,777 federal; $288,777
This project involves the repair and upgrade of storage tanks
that play an integral part in the communities' water systems.
Both tanks are essential for fire protection, flow balance
storage and emergency water storage. By repairing one, and
replacing the other, the upgrades will ensure vital water storage
capacity for the two communities for the next 25 years.

Kjd         November 15, 2002        9:11 A.M.