March 13, 2009
ALMA (CNB) - Alma residents will benefit from joint federal and provincial investments to improve the reliability of local water services. Combined federal and provincial funding of more than $176,000 was announced today by Local Government Minister Bernard LeBlanc, 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 $88,422 in the project.
"Ensuring that we have strong infrastructure is vital in order for the Village of Alma and the Province of New Brunswick to remain positioned to be self-sufficient," said LeBlanc. "This investment will help ensure that New Brunswick communities have quality infrastructure to protect residents' health and wellness, as well as the environment."
LeBlanc spoke on behalf of Environment Minister Roland Haché.
"The Government of Canada is working with the provincial and municipal governments to deliver results to the people of New Brunswick with improvements and upgrades to the water system in Alma," said Moore. "Our federal investment of more than $88,000 will make a difference in the community by improving the quality of life for the people who live and work here, and helping the local economy now and for years to come."
The project involves the installation of a backup generator, additional storage capacity, and completion of a second well for extra pumping capacity to ensure continued water supply during power outages and periods of system maintenance. Another pressure tank will also be installed at a booster station to reduce pump-running time, equipment wear and energy consumption. Funding for the project is contingent on completion of all contractual agreements, including pending environmental impact assessments with municipalities.
"Our community appreciates the funding for an improved and more reliable water supply system," said Alma Mayor Hilyard Rossiter. "We will be able to upgrade our current water system in order to meet our steadily increasing demand for a larger reservoir and continuous water service, which will serve the village's needs much more efficiently."
The infrastructure improvement 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.
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.