March 19, 2009
CHIPMAN (CNB) - A study to determine the best way to address ongoing water quality issues will be undertaken by the Village of Chipman, thanks to joint federal and provincial funding of nearly $100,000. The announcement was made today by Grand Lake-Gagetown MLA Eugene McGinley and Keith Ashfield, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
The project will create local jobs and enhance local facilities and services at a time when the need for economic stimulus is greatest. The governments of Canada and New Brunswick will each invest up to $49,646 in the project, while the village will contribute an equal amount toward total eligible project costs of $148,938.
"Our government's investment will help the Village of Chipman explore options for a reliable water supply to help protect its residents' health and wellness," said McGinley
McGinley spoke on behalf of Environment Minister Roland Haché.
"The Government of Canada is working with the provincial and municipal governments to deliver results to the people of New Brunswick with improvements to the water system in Chipman," said Ashfield. "Our federal investment of more than $49,000 will help the village to determine long-term options for a more reliable, safer water supply, thus improving the quality of life for the people who live and work here, and supporting economic growth for years to come."
The project involves a study to determine how best to address the village's current water quality issue. The study will help the municipality identify a new water source required to move ahead with a water improvement project; help determine the appropriate design; and help determine the costs for the new system.
"This much-needed project wouldn't be possible without the assistance of the federal and provincial governments," said Chipman Mayor Edward Farris.
This project is one of 32 across the province that will get underway quickly thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment of more than $38 million. Together with municipal contributions, more than $57 million will be invested in local infrastructure improvements in New Brunswick. The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are working together to provide long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet infrastructure needs across the country, and to support stronger, safer and better communities.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, communications officer, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Bruce Macfarlane, managing director, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-4606; Richard Roik, director of communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649.