March 20, 2009
NEW MARYLAND (CNB) - New Maryland residents will benefit from upgrades to the village water and wastewater systems thanks to joint federal and provincial funding of more than $3 million.
The announcement was made today by Business New Brunswick Minister Greg Byrne and Keith Ashfield, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick will each invest up to $1,555,333 in the project, with the Village of New Maryland contributing an equal amount.
"Green infrastructure projects and the funding of this project for the Village of New Maryland are very important to New Brunswick's self-sufficiency agenda," said Byrne. "These projects help provide safe and reliable drinking water and increase environmental protection through improved wastewater collection and treatment. Overall, these investments contribute to the sustainability of our communities and provide capacity for future community growth."
Byrne was speaking on behalf of Environment Minister Roland Haché.
"In these challenging economic times, the Government of Canada is working with our partners to create jobs and build stronger and brighter futures for New Brunswick communities," said Ashfield. "Our federal investment of more than $1.5 million will result in modern, greener, world-class infrastructure, which is the foundation of sustainable, long-term economic growth."
The project involves upgrades to the water system in the Springwater Place, Applewood Acres, Pineridge Estates and Forbes subdivisions. It also involves the installation of water / sanitary sewer services to 10 homes in Baker Brook Court and the decommissioning of the aging Baker Brook Court wastewater treatment facility.
These improvements will enhance water distribution and increase water storage capacity; they will also increase the water system's reliability as well as improve the wastewater collection treatment for the community. Funding for the project is contingent on completion of all contractual agreements, including pending environmental impact assessments with the municipality.
"The Building Canada Fund, communities component, is an outstanding example of partnerships among the two levels of government and small municipalities, said New Maryland Mayor Frank Dunn. "We would like to thank the provincial and federal governments for their support. The improvements to our municipal water system are crucial, and we thank the government for their funding support of this project. Working together, we are able to provide our residents with programs and services that we could not do alone."
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 and to support stronger, safer and better communities.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce MacFarlane, managing director, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-4606; Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Richard Roik, director of communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649.