March 23, 2009
CAMPBELLTON (CNB) - Joint federal and provincial investments to improve water and wastewater services under the communities component of the Building Canada Fund will benefit residents of Saint-Quentin, Atholville, Tide Head and Campbellton. Combined funding of over $2.5 million was announced on Saturday, March 21, by Campbellton-Restigouche MLA Roy Boudreau, and Senator Percy Mockler.
The projects will enhance local facilities and services, and create local jobs at a time when the need for economic stimulus is greatest.
"Green infrastructure projects and the funding for these four projects are very important to New Brunswick's self-sufficiency agenda," said Boudreau. "These investments contribute to the sustainability of our communities, and provide capacity for future community growth."
Boudreau spoke on behalf of Environment Minister Roland Haché.
"The Government of Canada is working with provincial and municipal governments to deliver results to the people of New Brunswick through important water and sewer system upgrades in Saint-Quentin, Atholville, Tide Head and Campbellton," said Mockler. "Our federal investment of more than $1.25 million will make a difference in these four communities by strengthening local infrastructure, improving quality of life, and helping our economy now and for years to come."
Federal, provincial and municipal governments will each invest up to $225,120 in the Saint-Quentin project, which involves upgrading sewer collectors and waterlines. The project will allow for the replacement of a section of existing sewer collectors with larger-diameter piping, and the replacement of a section of water line as per Phase 3 of its upgrading program. The project will reduce the volume and incidents of discharge of untreated wastewater effluent as a result of sanitary sewer and combined sewer overflow events.
In Atholville, the three levels of government will each invest up to $185,496 to construct a potable water booster station with increased pumping capacity. This project will make the region's water system more reliable, and allow three communities to share resources.
The Village of Tide Head will upgrade water and sanitary sewer infrastructure on Maple and Gerrard streets, install new water and sewer services on a section of Restigouche Drive, and extend the west end of the water system on Restigouche Drive. In addition, the village's old concrete sewer will be replaced, which will better protect the village's drinking-water well field from a potential source of contamination, and improve the quality of drinking water. Each level of government will invest up to $253,333 in this project.
In Campbellton, the three governments will each invest $601,414 to replace the existing sewer main outfall from Water Street to the Bay of Chaleur. This project will reduce the volume and incidents of discharge of untreated wastewater effluent as a result of sanitary sewer and combined sewer overflow events, while improving the reliability and performance of the wastewater collection and treatment system.
Funding for all of these projects is contingent on completion of all contractual agreements, including pending environmental impact assessments with municipalities.
These projects are four 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, the total investment in local infrastructure improvements in New Brunswick during this first phase exceeds $57 million. The governments of Canada and New Brunswick have taken steps to advance projects and provide money faster for targeted infrastructure projects in New Brunswick communities in the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.
More information on the Building Canada plan may be found online.
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.