Local Government

Agreement to provide safe drinking water to Penobsquis (09/05/01)

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May 1, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Penobsquis residents will soon have safe drinking water as the result of an agreement reached between the provincial government and the Village of Sussex Corner. Local Government Minister Bernard LeBlanc made the announcement today.

"An agreement regarding the regional water supply system in Penobsquis is complete," LeBlanc said. "Residents have been waiting for this to be finalized, and people are on the verge of enjoying clean water in their homes."

Under the agreement, Sussex Corner will be responsible for managing and operating a new water system serving Penobsquis. Residents in that community will be connected to the Sussex Corner system once tests come back demonstrating the quality of the water supply. Those results are expected shortly.

The Village of Sussex Corner will hold a public information session about the agreement at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 4, at the Penobsquis fire hall.

"The collaboration by the Department of Local Government, the residents of Penobsquis and the Village of Sussex Corner has led to this agreement," said Sussex Corner Mayor Eric Cunningham. "Monday's meeting will provide an opportunity to have questions answered."

LeBlanc was also satisified with the results achieved by that partnership.

"I would like to mention the determination and persistence of the people of Penobsquis, the staff of my department, and the Village of Sussex Corner, who worked in partnership on this project," he said. "Thanks to efforts of many individuals, the goal of self-sufficiency is a step closer to being achieved."


MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Connor, communications, Department of Local Government, 506-444-4693.