June 19, 2006

PEI provides $4.9M toward $21M wastewater treatment plant upgrade project

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI-Prince Edward Island Premier Pat Binns and Community and Cultural Affairs Minister Elmer MacFadyen recently presented Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee two cheques totalling $4.9 million to help finance upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant on Riverside Drive. The payment of $3.4 million for waste treatment represents part of the province's commitment to the $21.2-million project, which is being funded through a partnership with the federal government and the city of Charlottetown. The $1.5 million represents a contribution to the sludge treatment component of the plant, whose cost will be shared equally between the federal and provincial governments, but will be managed by the city. MacFadyen, who is the provincial minister responsible for infrastructure, said the upgrades to the treatment process at the pollution plant are a significant part of PEI's waste and sludge management strategy. "The sludge component will eliminate land disposal of unstabilized septage and sludge throughout our province and help us meet our goal of becoming Canada's cleanest province," he said.

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