Richmond Communities to Receive Infrastructure Funding

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

November 15, 2002 9:35 AM

The communities of Louisdale and Evanston will soon have better
water storage capabilities because of an $866,333 project funded
through the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

Joint federal-provincial funding of $577,554 was announced today,
Nov. 15, by MP Rodger Cuzner, 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. The Municipality of the
County of Richmond will fund the $288,779 balance upon formal
acceptance of the agreement.

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

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.

"The provincial government is honouring its commitment to provide
communities such as Louisdale and Evanston with safe, healthy
water supplies, making these areas an even more attractive place
to live," said Mr. Chipman. "Today's announcement will have an
immediate, positive impact on the communities of Louisdale and
Evanston."

The Louisdale/Evanston Water Storage Rehabilitation project
involves the repair and upgrade of storage tanks that play an
integral part in the water systems of the communities. 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.

"The importance of a good water system cannot be understated,"
said Gail Johnson, Warden of Richmond County. "It's just great to
see the co-operation between three levels of government that has
brought this important project to fruition."

This is one of a series of approval announcements for projects
under the infrastructure program. To date, 83 projects have been
announced, representing an investment of more than $123 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:

     The communities of Louisdale and Evanston will soon have

better water storage capabilities.

     Joint federal-provincial funding of almost six hundred

thousand dollars was announced today (November 15th) by M-L-A

Frank Chipman and M-P Rodger Cuzner.

     The Louisdale/Evanston Water Storage Rehabilitation project

involves the repair and upgrade of storage tanks that play an

integral part in the water systems of the communities.

     Both tanks are essential for fire protection, flow balance

storage and emergency water storage. The upgrades will ensure

vital water storage capacity for the two communities for the next

25 years.

     The project is part of the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure

Program.

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Contact: David Harrigan
         Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
         902-221-1435

         Deborah Bayer
         Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat
         902-424-0112
         E-mail: bayerdj@gov.ns.ca

         Gail Johnson
         Warden, Municipality of the County of Richmond
         902-226-2400

kjd         November 15, 2002        9:33 A.M.