Sept. 10, 2009
QUISPAMSIS (CNB) - Quispamsis residents will benefit from joint federal and provincial funding to upgrade the community's waste water infrastructure. Project funding was announced today by Health Minister Mary Schryer and Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore.
"This infrastructure project will go a long way in ensuring that public health and the environment in Quispamsis and New Brunswick are protected and preserved," said Schryer. "This project will help contribute to the sustainability of our community infrastructure."
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick will each invest $1,733,333, while the Town of Quispamsis will cover the remaining cost.
"The Government of Canada recognizes that modern, reliable infrastructure can attract business and create jobs for today and for years to come," said Moore. "Our investment of over $1.7 million, provided through Canada's Economic Action Plan, will help Quispamsis address environmental issues of today, and facilitate future municipal growth through improved sanitary waste infrastructure."
The project will connect homes in Sun Valley Park and Forrester's Cove subdivisions to the municipal sanitary sewer collection and treatment system. With the installation of about 3,800 metres of gravity sewer line and one waste water pumping station, the completion of the project will mean an end to avoidable environmental concerns and contaminations.
"I wish to thank both the federal and provincial governments for providing us with the opportunity to expand our waste water system in Quispamsis," said Quispamsis Mayor Murray Driscoll. "With this much-needed expansion, we will be eliminating a potential 300 private septic tanks in Quispamsis, and allow us to continue with sustainable development."
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; Katharine Sidenius, senior communications officer, ACOA New Brunswick, 506-451-2677.