May 22, 2006

Five wastewater projects to receive over $11M from Canada-NS MRIF

HALIFAX, NS-Five wastewater treatment projects in Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) will receive a total of more than $11.4 million from the federal and Nova Scotia governments, through the Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF). Each level of government will contribute one-third of the cost of each project, with CBRM funding the balance upon formal acceptance of the agreement and environmental assessment approvals. The CBRM projects include the design and construction of a collection and treatment system in the community of Dominion ($5.3 million in federal and provincial funding), which will allow the re-opening of Dominion provincial beach, a major tourist area that was closed in recent years due to contamination. The remaining projects are: a new sewer interceptor main along the south side of Sydney Harbour ($3.5 million); a new recirculating sand filter wastewater collection and treatment system in Little Bras d'Or ($695,432); upgrades to water and wastewater services in Sydney Mines ($868,214); and the installation of individual grinder pumps and a small-diameter forcemain in New Victoria and Reserve Mines ($1 million).

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