April 3, 2006

Three levels of government participate in $8.5M project to begin Saint John harbour cleanup

SAINT JOHN, NB-The federal, New Brunswick and Saint John municipal governments are jointly undertaking the first phase of a cleanup of the Saint John harbour by providing $8.5 million through the Canada-New Brunswick Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund. This phase of the project involves the design and construction of a new lift station at Thorne Avenue to replace an existing wastewater treatment plant at this location. The new lift station will include a forcemain-collector system which will eventually collect and pump sanitary sewage from portions of the city's north and south ends, the city centre, Rothesay Avenue and east Saint John. The system will run along Bayside Drive and onto Red Head Road, to the proposed eastern wastewater treatment facility. The three levels of government have pledged to co-operate in finalizing the details of a long-term cost-sharing agreement to complete the harbour cleanup. Once completed, the project's first and subsequent phases will provide sewage treatment for about 13,000 homes in Saint John.

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