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Canada and Prince Edward Island to fund 26 water and wastewater projects

CTBR Staff Writer Published 13 June 2017

The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island have announced a combined funding of over C$29.8m ($22.4m) for 26 projects designed to improve water and wastewater infrastructure across the province.

While the Canadian government will contribute C$19.9m ($14.8m) for the projects, the Prince Edward Island province is going to invest C$10m ($7.4m). The funding from the central government will be covering 50% of the total eligible costs of the projects.

Canada Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay said: “Investments in green infrastructure help protect communities and support Canada’s ongoing transition to a clean, sustainable growth economy.

“We have committed to engaging with our regional partners to make sure they have the support they need to build strong communities and create well-paying jobs for the middle class. I’m glad to see these critical projects moving forward, which will help ensure the long-term health and prosperity of Islanders for generations to come.”

Also investing in the projects are the respective municipalities which will provide the balance of the funding. A total of 14 municipalities will be benefiting from the funding including Montague and Georgetown.

In Montague, rehabilitation work will be carried out for nearly 635mts of an old storm water management infrastructure. Following the rehabilitation, the system’s capacity is expected to be increased while cutting down on the risk of overflows of storm water and flooding in the adjacent areas.

In Georgetown, a new well will be added to boost the drinking water distribution system of the tow. The new well will increase capacity of the distribution system besides providing more reliable services to residents throughout the year.

Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan said: “By pooling our resources, the federal and provincial governments—combined with municipalities and community partners—can make important investments that protect our province, safeguard the environment and deliver reliable supplies of safe drinking water.

“The many projects being supported today will serve our province and communities for years to come.”