Aug. 25, 2009
DRUMMOND (CNB) - Residents of Drummond will benefit from joint federal and provincial funding to improve the village's water distribution system. The announcement was made today by Ronald Ouellette, minister of agriculture and aquaculture, and Tobique-Mactaquac MP Mike Allen.
"This investment is important to ensure that the community of Drummond continues to be a place where people can live in a healthy, clean and safe environment," said Ouellette.
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are each investing $357,348 toward the total eligible cost of the project. The Village of Drummond is contributing the balance of the funding.
"Our federal investment of more than $350,000 will help ensure that the Village of Drummond has access to reliable, quality drinking water," said Allen. "Our government recognizes that modern, reliable infrastructure can improve quality of life, attract business and create jobs for today and for years to come."
"We developed an infrastructure plan for improving our drinking water system at our pumping station," said Drummond Mayor Cyril Rioux. "We wish to thank the provincial and federal governments for their contributions."
Funding for this project will enable the Village of Drummond to connect its water system to that of the neighbouring town of Grand Falls. Drummond's current system cannot meet growing demand, and faces issues related to potential contaminants from agricultural sources. This project will help to ensure that residents have access to a safe and reliable water supply year round.
This project is one of 32 across the province that will get underway quickly, thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment of more than $48 million announced on July 24. 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.
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 Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick are working together to ensure that these infrastructure funds are being spent on priority projects across the province.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, communications officer, Department of Environment, 506-457-7206; Richard Roik, director of communications; Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Lisa Gautreau, junior communications officer, ACOA NB, 506-452-3118.