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N.B., Feds Commit $3M for Water Infrastructure, Conservation

Posted on May 11, 2017
The Government of New Brunswick, with the federal government, will invest up to $3 million in strategic infrastructure and studies to support water quality improvements at Parlee Beach. Parlee Beach is also being declared as a unique feature of the environment. The declaration means developments that could affect the water quality at Parlee Beach will require an automatic review by the Department of Environment and Local Government to determine if an Environmental Impact Assessment is required. “The government is taking action to address concerns at Parlee Beach through enhanced monitoring and testing as well as improved communication [...]

Charlottetown, Water Conservation Program for Low Income Residents

Posted on May 9, 2017
The City of Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility Department is exploring the possibility of offering a Low Income Financial and Technical (LIFT) program for low income customers of the Utility. The intent of the program would be to provide those in need of assistance with an opportunity to have their home checked for leaks and, if required, have low flow devices, such as showerheads and aerators, installed to promote water conservation. Provisions will also be made to have toilets checked and higher flow toilets replaced if deemed necessary. "Water conservation is important to our residents, especially with the transition to a [...]

New Brunswick Commits $8.4M to Water, Climate Change

Posted on May 8, 2017
The Government of New Brunswick has announced that the Environmental Trust Fund will invest $8.4 million in environmental projects for the 2017–18 fiscal year. A majority of the projects are focused on water issues. “Our government is pleased to announce these projects,” said Environment and Local Government Minister Serge Rousselle while at the Coastal Zones Research Institute in Shippagan. “These types of local and province-wide projects help us address the impact of climate change, support a greener economy, promote environmental education, and create about 120 jobs each year, particularly for young New Brunswickers.” A [...]

Island Water Technologies to Receive Lieutenant Governor’s Award

Posted on May 4, 2017
Island Water Technologies (IWT), a manufacturer of solar-powered wastewater treatment solutions, will receive an Award for Engineering Achievement from the Office of Lieutenant Governor - Government of Prince Edward Island for its REGEN Modular Wastewater Treatment System. The recognition comes for the work carried out by IWT with the Canadian Military to design and develop a world-first, solar powered, mobile wastewater treatment system. The solution was designed to be suitable for disaster relief applications and remote military bases. Working in partnership with Aspin Kemp & Associates and Atlantic Advance Power Technologies [...]

New Brunswick Community Receives $2.1M for Water Infrastructure

Posted on April 25, 2017
St. Margarets, Northumberland County, New Brunswick, will receive approximately $2.15 million for water infrastructure upgrades. The project, announced on the 24th, is being funded through the Gas Tax Fund and involves upgrades to the water system, including two kilometres of new PVC water mains, the replacement of hydrants, the replacement of service connections, repairs to the reservoir, and a major upgrade to the existing water treatment building. “We are excited to see the funding in place to provide a long-term solution for addressing the necessary upgrades to this infrastructure,” said Transportation and Infrastructure [...]

$3.2M in Capital Investments for St. John's Water Systems

Posted on April 18, 2017
Yesterday, St. John’s City Council voted on whether to approve the Capital Plan for 2016–2018 — council minutes were unavailable at the time of writing. The plan includes $28.7 million in capital projects for 2017, including $3.2 million dedicated to its water systems. The capital plan will support a wide array of projects in St. John’s, as councillor Jonathan Galgay, chair of the Finance and Administration Standing Committee, explained: “It includes studies, facility renovations and upgrades, roadwork, park construction and improvements, and water and sewer projects. Implementation of automated garbage collection and the [...]

Nova Scotia Completes LaPlanche Aboiteau Replacement

Posted on April 11, 2017
The Government of Nova Scotia announced on April 10 that work to replace the LaPlanche Aboiteau in Amherst was completed. The aboiteau runs along the Chignecto Isthmus and protects about $40 million in provincial and municipal infrastructure, including roads and railways. “Now with the project complete, people in the community can be assured of the improved protection for the surrounding infrastructure, valuable farmland. and marshes,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “This was a large, complex project that we were able to complete on budget.” The aboiteau drains a 133 square kilometre watershed and provides [...]

P.E.I.'s Draft Water Act Suggests Strong Regulation

Posted on March 21, 2017
On March 16th, Prince Edward Island released its draft Water Act for public comment. The draft is comprised of existing and new legislation, which includes purpose and goals, a quantity and quality monitoring program, and a public registry for all water-related approvals. The province has stated that the act is “designed to protect the Island’s water resources and the ecosystems that support them,” and that “the goal of the proposed Water Act will be to protect the quality and quantity of the Island's water and ensure that our water supply is healthy and sustainable now and into the future.” In order to achieve this end [...]

Charlottetown Upgrades Wastewater Facility to Resource Recovery Model

Posted on March 15, 2017
The City of Charlottetown plans to transition its current wastewater treatment facility, or pollution control plant, to a resource recovery facility that would have long-term financial, environmental, and social benefits for the Greater Charlottetown Area. Project components that are currently being considered include renewable energy production, biosolid drying, and end-use research and greenhouse production. In addition, the City will be looking to partner with facilities in proximity of the current plant to identify opportunities for meeting shared outcomes. The facility would be the first of its kind on PEI. Charlottetown Mayor [...]

Newfoundland to Invest in Municipal Water & Wastewater Infrastructure

Posted on March 14, 2017
As part of Budget 2017, the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador introduced a new three-year municipal infrastructure program and a call for applications from interested communities that will assist drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. One hundred million dollars in provincial funding will be invested in municipal infrastructure over the next three years through the Multi-Year Capital Works—$70 million—and Municipal Capital Works—$30 million—programs. In addition to the funding provided under this program, the provincial government continues to leverage federal funding to maximize infrastructure investment [...]

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