March 13, 2009
SUSSEX (CNB) - Sussex residents will benefit from joint federal and provincial investments to improve local wastewater treatment services. Combined federal and provincial funding of more than $500,000 under the communities component of the Building Canada Fund was announced today by Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson 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.
"Our government's investment will help ensure that the Town of Sussex and New Brunswick communities have quality infrastructure to protect residents' health and wellness, as well as the environment," said Jamieson. "Ensuring that we have strong infrastructure is vital in order for New Brunswick to remain positioned to be self-sufficient."
Jamieson spoke on behalf of Environment Minister Roland Haché.
"The Government of Canada is working with both levels of government to deliver results to the people of New Brunswick with improvements and upgrades to water systems," said Moore. "The federal investment of close to $260,000 will make a difference in this community by improving the quality of life for the people who live and work there, and helping the local economy now and for years to come."
Federal, provincial and municipal governments will each invest up to $259,463 in the Sussex wastewater treatment plant. A new disinfection unit will improve the quality of water released from the plant into the Kennebecasis River, creating environmental benefits for the river and region.
"The Town of Sussex is pleased to see three levels of government working together to improve our community," said Sussex Mayor Ralph Carr. "The investment in our wastewater treatment plant will increase water quality for downstream communities and for aquatic species inhabiting the Kennebecasis River, as well as create significant employment opportunities for the region."
The plant is a two-cell aerated lagoon system that uses biological and physical (sedimentation) treatment processes. The proposed disinfection unit will remove bacteria from wastewater effluent, thus improving the quality of treated water released into the Kennebecasis River. This will mean environmental improvements for various species of fish, including salmon, and provide a higher quality of river water for municipalities downstream of Sussex. Funding for the project is contingent on completion of all contractual agreements.
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
More information on 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.