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Nova Scotia funds municipal infrastructure for water, wastewater and flood risk projects


Nova Scotia’s government announced yesterday eight communities across will receive more than $922,000 for water-related infrastructure projects, through the provincial capital assistance program.

Among these projects, the government has earmarked:

– $406,716 to improve municipal water supplies and conduct testing in Inverness.

– $135,000 for the pre-design phase of a wastewater treatment plant and collection system in Lunenburg.

– $98,029 to complete an asset management plan related to water, sanitary waste and storm water control in New Minas.

– $75,000 to reduce inflow and infiltration in Cape Breton’s sewer system.

– $74,869 to drill a new production well in East Hants, which will replace two existing wells.

– $39,107 to study water and wastewater issues in the Lunenberg community of Garden Lots.

– $39,107 to help reduce the amount of rainwater and groundwater entering Colchester’s sewage collection system.

– $54,891 for system diagnostics to assess the condition of Mahone Bay’s water utility’s transmission main and options for dechlorination at its wastewater treatment plant.

 

“The funding will enable the town to reduce chlorine content in the plant effluent discharged into the harbour,” explains David Devenne, Mahone Bay’s mayor.

MLA Suzanne Lohnes-Croft also announced more than $210,000 in funding for six projects under a flood risk infrastructure investment program:

– $57,357 for pre-design work for the Salt Marsh project, waterline removal and cleanup of Lepper Brook in Colchester.

– $49,272 for a study to recommend climate change adaptation measures in Wolfville.

– $29,982 to assess the condition of a dam on Rory’s Brook in Inverness.

– $39,107 to study options to protect Lunenberg’s Petite Riviere Watershed from flooding.

– $24,624 to install tide and weather gauges in Bear River, Weymouth, East Ferry, Freeport and Digby.

– $10,253 to reconstruct a dangerous area of shoreline on South Street in Lockport.

 

Both programs are application-based and funding is matched by the municipalities.

“Infrastructure projects like the improvements needed at our wastewater treatment facility are complex and expensive,” says Rachel Bailey, mayor of the town of Lunenberg. “We simply cannot fund them on our own and are grateful for the province’s partnership.”