Regional Development Corporation

Improvements to be made to drinking water and waste water infrastructure (09/09/11)

NB 1330

Sept. 11, 2009

SAINT-ANTOINE (NB) - The federal and New Brunwick governments are joining Saint-Antoine and Boutouche in investing about $5.8 million to upgrade drinking water and waste water infrastructure.

"These upgrades will ensure that the people of Saint-Antoine and Bouctouche have good, reliable drinking water," said Premier Shawn Graham. "This is yet another example of what can be achieved through partnership and co-operation among the three levels of government."

In St. Antoine, the federal and provincial governments are each investing more than $1 million.

In Bouctouche, they are each investing nearly $900,000. The two communities will contribute the balance of nearly $2 million. The federal investments are being made available through Canada's Building Fund - communities component.

"Through the Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is ensuring that important infrastructure projects such as these are able to begin quickly to stimulate the economy," said Keith Ashfield, minister of state responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). "Our investment today of nearly $2 million will support the necessary drinking water and waste water upgrades required by smaller communities in New Brunswick."

The Saint-Antoine waste water project will add two new aerated cells, a new lift station and collection system to eliminate the need for underground septic tanks. The Bouctouche project will replace the existing water disinfection system with a new UV system to better meet safety standards.

These projects are among 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 in New Brunswick communities for 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 federal and New Brunswick governments are working closely to ensure that infrastructure funds are being spent on priority projects across the province.


MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Richard Roik, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Ted Parisé, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, New Brunswick, 506-452-3917.