News release

Infrastructure Projects in Annapolis County

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS--Infrastructure Projects in Annapolis County


Five Annapolis County infrastructure projects, worth almost $500,000, got the green light today thanks to funding by the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

A total of $309,330 in joint federal and provincial funding was announced today, Dec. 1, by Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations 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 County of Annapolis will fund the remaining $154,670 upon formal acceptance of the agreement.

"The government of Canada is committed to investing in the future of Nova Scotians," said Mr. Thibault. "Through the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program, we are investing in projects like these that contribute to creating a better quality of life for our communities."

These infrastructure projects are mostly water and wastewater improvements, which promote safer drinking water, effective wastewater management, safer communities, and sound environmental practices that serve to benefit businesses, families and tourism in the province.

"The infrastructure program enables the three levels of government to pool resources to address important community needs such as the Annapolis County projects," said Mr. Barnet. "These projects will not only provide health and environment benefits, they will encourage growth in the area."
"Today's announcement is very good news for Annapolis County residents," said Peter Terauds, warden of the Municipality of the County of Annapolis. "These are necessary projects, and the Infrastructure Program is enabling us to develop a higher quality of municipal services to our community."

This is one of a series of approval announcements for projects under the program, which has invested over $160-million in 106 projects to date. 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. Following is a list of approved projects:

-- Cornwallis Park Residential Water Meter Program Shared total project cost - $47,000, including $15,666 federal and $15,666 provincial The Cornwallis Park Residential Water Metering Program project will equip 250 households with water meters. The use of meters is expected to reduce water consumption in the Cornwallis Park area. Not only is this good news in terms of water consumption, but it also means less chemical use and lower operating costs for the water utility.

-- Cornwallis Park Water Chlorination System Replacement Shared total project cost - $35,000, including $11,666 federal and $11,666 provincial The Cornwallis Park Water Chlorination System Replacement project will provide for the replacement of the existing flow paced gas chlorine disinfection system with a MIOX (mixed oxidant) disinfection system at the Cornwallis Park water treatment facility.

The MIOX system is safer than the current system as it allows the utility to discontinue the use of gas chlorine and thus eliminates any concerns associated with using and storing chlorine. When the project is complete, the new system will provide the 250 community households with improved water quality.

-- Nictaux and Cornwallis Park Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrades Shared total project cost - $121,000, including $40,333 federal and $40,333 provincial The Nictaux and Cornwallis Park Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrades project calls for the supply and installation of comminutors for Nictaux and Cornwallis Park sewage treatment plants.

Comminutors are an important part of the sewage treatment plant and are used to grind and chop raw sewage solids in order to prevent the system from clogging. A more uniform waste increases the efficiency of the treatment process. Once the upgrades are completed, about 650 households will benefit from improved sewage treatment.

  • Street Paving - Dr. Lewis Johnston and Alexander Campbell Street Shared total project cost - $216,000, including $72,000 federal and $72,000 provincial The street paving project for Dr. Lewis Johnston and Alexander Campbell streets will provide for the complete resurfacing of 1.25 kilometres of existing street base along the two South Farmington streets. Residents will see a significant reduction in the amount of dust along those two streets with the supply, placement and compaction of new shoulder gravels to complete the street cross-section. The project will also mean a reduction in annual maintenance costs for the community.
  • Sewer Extension Cape Road - Lequille Shared total project cost - $45,000, including $15,000 federal and $15,000 provincial The Sewer Extension Cape Road - Lequille project will provide for the design and construction of a sewer extension along Cape Road, where aging individual on-site sewage disposal systems are malfunctioning. With the extension in place, seven households will be connected to a municipal wastewater, collection and treatment system that will prevent raw sewage from being discharged in ditches.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

Five projects in Annapolis County, mainly related to providing safe drinking water and wastewater improvements, got the green light today (December 1). The projects, worth almost five-hundred-thousand-dollars, are the latest in a series of funding announcements under the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

Project details were announced in Cornwallis Park by Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and 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 the Atlantic Canada and Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia.

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Contact:

Deborah Bayer
Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat 902-424-0112 E-mail:
David Harrigan
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 902-426-4238
Peter Terauds
Warden, Municipality of the County of Annapolis 902-532-2331