March 13, 2009
PETITCODIAC (CNB) - Petitcodiac residents will benefit from joint federal and provincial investments to improve local wastewater treatment services. Combined federal and provincial funding of about $900,000 under the communities component of the Building Canada Fund was announced today by Natural Resources Minister Wally Stiles and Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore.
The project will enhance local facilities and services, and create local jobs at a time when the need for economic stimulus is greatest. Federal, provincial and municipal governments will each invest up to $448,604 in a project to upgrade the sanitary sewer collection system, ensuring that raw sewage from these areas will no longer be a threat to the surrounding environment.
"Our government's investment will help ensure that New Brunswick communities have quality infrastructure to protect residents' health and wellness, as well as the environment," said Stiles. "Ensuring that we have strong infrastructure is vital in order for New Brunswick to remain positioned to be self-sufficient."
Stiles 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, with improvements and upgrades to community water and wastewater systems," said Moore. "The federal investment of close to $450,000 will make a difference in Petitcodiac by improving the quality of life for the people who live and work here, protecting the environment, and supporting economic growth for years to come."
The project will extend the sanitary sewer collection system on Old Post Road and Crandall Road in order to eliminate ongoing discharge of 31 individual septic systems into the neighbouring Petitcodiac River. In addition, it will ensure that the wastewater that will be treated at the new lagoon presently under construction will result in effluent that meets Department of Environment requirements. Funding for the project is contingent on completion of all contractual agreements, including pending environmental impact assessments with municipalities.
"We are pleased to be working in partnership with both levels of government through the Building Canada Fund program to construct a new, environmentally safe sewage disposal system," said Petitcodiac Mayor Peter Saunders. "This project demonstrates the commitment of governments to enhance local facilities, and indicates their willingness to work toward improving the environment and providing our residents with a healthier, more sustainable community."
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, 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 about the Building Canada plan may be found online.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, managing director, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-4606; Jennifer Graham, communications officer, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Richard Roik, director of communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649.