Aug. 14, 2009
ROTHESAY (CNB) - Rothesay residents are benefiting from joint federal and provincial funding to extend and upgrade the town's water infrastructure. Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson and Saint John MP Rodney Weston made the announcement today in Rothesay.
"The provincial government's investment of $2.7 million will ensure that the Town of Rothesay continues to be a place where people can live in a healthy, clean and safe environment," said Jamieson, who attended on behalf of Environment Minister Rick Miles and Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.
Jamieson said that the projects will enhance local facilities and services and create local jobs, at a time when the need for economic stimulus is greatest.
"Our federal investment of over $2.7 million will improve the quality of water and life for Rothesay residents today, and help to position the municipality for future growth," said Weston. "The governments of Canada and New Brunswick recognize the importance of infrastructure investments in building a strong economy and improving the quality of life for Canadians, which is why we are working together to accelerate progress on projects such as those being announced today."
Through the Building Canada Fund - Communities Component, the governments of Canada and New Brunswick will each invest $1.5 million in the project, while the municipality is contributing an equal amount.
Further federal funding of $1.27 million from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund will go toward a second component of the project. The Province of New Brunswick will also contribute $1.27 million toward this project component.
Among the project improvements funded are an extension of a main trunk water line and highway crossing to include a new water storage facility, and about 2.8 kilometres of new water main pipe to connect two parts of the existing system. The project will improve system reliability for water distribution and treatment, improve the quality of drinking water, and increase the number of households with access to quality drinking water.
This project is among 32 across the province that will get underway quickly, thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment of more than $48 million announced on July 24. 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.
A second component of the project, supported by the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, will consist of a 2.4-kilometre water main expansion, and the installation of 24 fire hydrants and other equipment to join two parts of the town's water system. This component will enable the direct connection of 64 customers currently on individual wells, and will upgrade the water supply to another 335 customers, including an elementary school, to meet Canadian drinking water guidelines.
"The project announced today will improve our water system incrementally, ensuring that all current and future Rothesay water consumers enjoy a reliable supply of drinking water meeting national standards," said Bill Bishop, mayor of Rothesay. "Rothesay council is very appreciative of this support from the federal and provincial governments, and looks forward to an early start on the project."
The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years. The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick are working together to ensure that these infrastructure funds are being spent on priority projects across the province.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, communications officer, Department of Environment, 506-457-7206; Bruce Macfarlane, communications, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Richard Roik, director of communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649.