News release

Infrastructure Program Invests $1.5 Million in Tatamagouche Water Project

More than 250 households in Tatamagouche, Colchester Co., will receive improved drinking water, thanks to federal and provincial funding of $1,505,722 announced today, Aug. 29.

Funded through the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, the project includes the design and construction of a new water treatment plant. The Municipality of the County of Colchester will fund the balance of the $2.3 million project upon formal acceptance of the agreement and environmental assessment approval.

"Providing safe drinking water to Nova Scotians is a provincial priority," said Karen Casey, Minister of Education, on behalf of Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. "We are committed to work with our federal and municipal partners to build infrastructure and make our communities a better place to live, work and raise our families."

"Canada's government is helping to ensure that our citizens have access to safe and reliable water systems which contributes to a better quality of life and the economic progress of our communities," said MP Bill Casey, on behalf of Peter MacKay, Minister of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

The infrastructure program supports community infrastructure improvements, such as water, wastewater, and solid waste management.

"This project is a vital undertaking for our community, and thanks to funding from our federal and provincial government, the project to build a new water treatment plant can now move forward," said Michael Smith, mayor of the Municipality of the County of Colchester. "The result will be a first-class water treatment plant providing clean and safe drinking water to our community."

The $111-million, six-year, Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities are also members of the management committee.

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Residents in Tatamagouche, Colchester County, will soon have improved drinking water.

Federal and provincial funding of more than one-point-five million dollars was announced today (August 29th) by Education Minister Karen Casey and M-P Bill Casey.

The project includes the design and construction of a new water treatment plant. About two-hundred-and-fifty households currently connect to the municipal water services will have improved drinking water.

The 111-million-dollar, six-year, Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

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Media Contacts:

Deborah Bayer
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations 902-424-0112 Cell: 902-225-4982 E-mail:
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Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 902-426-4238 E-mail: