Aug. 19, 2009
NACKAWIC (CNB) - The federal and provincial governments are joining the Town of Nackawic in investing a total of $41,535 to study how to improve water and wastewater systems in the community. Each level of government is investing $13,845.
"This project will help Nackawic determine exactly what its needs are in building infrastructure to sustain the community," said Finance Minister Greg Byrne. "Our government is committed to support projects such as these that will benefit the health and safety of our residents and put us all closer to achieving self-sufficiency."
The funding will help create computer software to model Nackawic's water distribution system. Valves, hydrants, main sizes, elevations, and pump characteristics will be confirmed and inputed into the model.
The model will allow for an accurate representation of the town's water distribution system to develop the necessary flushing program; and to evaluate existing and potential options for the future chlorination of the town's water supply.
This software will ultimately allow the municipality to examine various options to determine the most effective and cost efficient alternatives in maintaining water quality guidelines. In addition, the Town will be able to use the model in the future to evaluate other improvement options as needed, and integrate it as an infrastructure management tool.
"Our federal investment of nearly $14,000 will assist Nackawic in collecting important data on which to build a more efficient water and wastewater system," said Tobique-Mactaquac MP Mike Allen. "The Government of Canada recognizes that modern, reliable infrastructure can improve quality of life, attract business and create jobs for today and for years to come."
This project is one of 32 across the province that will get underway quickly as the result of a federal-provincial investment of more than $48 million announced on July 24. The governments of Canada and New Brunswick have taken steps to accelerate targeted infrastructure projects in the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.
"On behalf of council and the Town of Nackawic, I am pleased that Nackawic was chosen to receive funding under the Building Canada Fund," said Mayor Rowena Simpson. "The town's Approval to Operate the Water Drinking System outlines specific requirements set by the Department of Environment to operate such as a flushing program. Without this financial assistance, the town would not be able to complete the project and meet these requirements."
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 federal and provincial governments are working closely together to ensure that these infrastructure funds are being spent on priority projects.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-457-7206; Richard Roik, communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649.