News release

$1.3 Million Water and Wastewater Project Announced for Brooklyn

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS--$1.3 Million Water and Wastewater Project Announced for Brooklyn


More than 50 households in Brooklyn, Queens Co., will soon be connected to municipal water and wastewater services due to a $1.3 million project funded through the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

Joint federal-provincial funding in the amount of $870,450 was announced today, Jan. 20, 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 Kerry Morash, on behalf of Peter Christie, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The Region of Queens Municipality will fund the balance upon formal acceptance of the agreement.

"Building strong communities with a great quality of life is a priority for the government of Canada," said Mr. Thibault. "The Brooklyn project is a good example of the significant role that the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program plays in improving the health of our communities."

Green infrastructure projects promote effective wastewater management, safe drinking water and sound environmental practices that benefit families and businesses in the province. The majority of the projects announced so far are classified as green projects.

"The Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is investing in the health and prosperity of our communities," said Mr. Morash. "Today's announcement is responding to a critical need to improve the water quality in this area. Households will soon be able to turn on their taps knowing that their water is safe and reliable."

The Brooklyn Water and Sanitary Servicing project, phase l, includes the design and construction of water and wastewater services for the community of Brooklyn from Liverpool to Elm Street. This is the first phase of a major rebuilding program to supply, treat and deliver potable water to Brooklyn, and will meet the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines. Some 1,437 metres each of water and sanitary sewer mains will be installed in the community, connecting more than 50 households to municipal wastewater and collection. In addition to increasing the output of potable water available to residents, the project will also provide improved fire protection.

"This project is a very significant step forward in securing an efficient water and wastewater system for Brooklyn residents," said John Leefe, mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. "A new water system that will meet today's drinking water standards is of the utmost importance to the Region of Queens."

This is one of a series of approval announcements for projects under the infrastructure program. To date, 91 projects have been announced, representing an investment of more than $138 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.

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More than 50 households in Brooklyn, Queens County, will soon be connected to municipal water and wastewater services.

A one-point-three-million dollar project funded through the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program was announced today, January 20th, by M-L-A Kerry Morash, and by federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Robert Thibault.

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.

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Contact:

Caroline Quinn
Office of the Honourable Robert G. Thibault 613-992-3474
David Harrigan
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 902-222-2911
Deborah Bayer
Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat 902-424-0112 E-mail:
John Leefe
Region of Queens Municipality 902-354-3453