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Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association Meets in Charlottetown

Posted on October 19, 2017
The Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association (ACWWA) met this week in Charlottetown, P.E.I. to consult and coordinate on what the Association calls a complicated job and a sacred public trust. The ACWWA meeting brought together 300 water experts from across the region. P.E.I. has maintained its commitment to water quality through federal-provincial financing partnerships. Recently, the CWWF announced nearly $30 million for water and wastewater upgrades in 26 P.E.I. communities. “This conference lets the operators of water services come together to share learning, discover best practices, and discuss how we can better [...]

Green Municipal Fund for Atlantic Canada Sludge Dewatering

Posted on October 17, 2017
Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, joined Jenny Gerbasi, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), to announce $20.8 million in Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grants and loans in support of seven initiatives across Atlantic Canada, including for a sludge dewatering technology. One of the initiatives to be funded in Atlantic Canada is a change to the wastewater treatment plant in the Town of Montague, P.E.I., that will optimize the performance of the facility and create a revenue stream for the community. According to the FCM website, “An installed pumping [...]

TransAqua’s Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade Commences

Posted on October 17, 2017
A sod-turning ceremony was held on Friday, Oct. 13 to mark the beginning of TransAqua’s Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade and Modernization Project. The facility serves Moncton, Riverview, and Dieppe. Photo: From left: federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor; David Muir, chair of TransAqua; and Finance Minister Cathy Rogers. In 2016, the federal and provincial governments invested a combined $45.2 million into improvements to the facility, which serves the communities of Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe. The remaining $45.2 million for the project was provided by TransAqua, which was formerly known as the [...]

New Brunswick Releases Draft Water Strategy

Posted on October 6, 2017
A draft water strategy has been developed based on input from stakeholders, the public and First Nations and is now available online for comment for 45 days. Once it is finalized, the provincial strategy will guide the government in further protecting and managing water. “A strategy is needed so that the challenges associated with the management and use of water can be addressed in a comprehensive and integrated manner,” said Environment and Local Government Minister Serge Rousselle. “The main objective of the process from the start was to hear the views of New Brunswickers on how the government can improve and plan for the [...]

Water System in Millertown, N.L. Receives Investment for Upgrades

Posted on October 5, 2017
Investment in Millertown, Newfoundland and Labrador will go towards development of its water systems. Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, was joined by Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour and MHA for Grand-Falls – Buchans, to announce over $263,000 in provincial funding for municipal infrastructure projects in Millertown. The overall investment in the projects, which also includes federal and municipal support, is $463,000. “Providing investments to support quality water and wastewater projects such as the one announced today is a priority for the Provincial Government,” said Minister [...]

Flooding at Mud Lake, N.L. Not Caused by Muskrat Falls Project

Posted on October 3, 2017
Newfoundland and Labrador has released the report from an independent assessment of the flooding event that occurred at the Mud Lake community on May 17th, 2017. Shortly after the event, Dr. Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt was engaged as an Independent Expert Technical Advisor (IETA) to determine the reasons for the flooding event, taking into consideration local knowledge from residents of the impacted area, and to provide guidance on what actions can be taken to avoid or mitigate impacts of potential future flooding. According to Dr. Lindenschmidt’s report, increased flow in tributaries to the Churchill River, on the banks of which [...]

WWII-Era Water Infrastructure to Be Upgraded in P.E.I.

Posted on October 2, 2017
The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) will allow an upgrade to water infrastructure at Prince Edward Island’s aerospace and manufacturing business park. A growing client base and the demands of a global industry mean Slemon Park must update its decades-old infrastructure. The investments from the CWWF are allowing and the aerospace hub to meet modern water handling requirements. In the past, Slemon Park has been a flight school and a Canadian Forces air base, and now it is the heart of P.E.I.’s half-billion dollar a year aerospace and manufacturing industries. “Most of Slemon Park's underground wastewater collection [...]

Landfill Upgrades to Prevent Water Contamination in New Brunswick

Posted on October 2, 2017
Canada and New Brunswick have announced a $4.5 million investment in landfill upgrades to prevent contaminated water from entering natural waterways. Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest; John Ames, New Brunswick Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture; and Joyce Wright, chairperson of the board of directors of the Southwest New Brunswick Service Commission, announced the funding for upgrades to the Hemlock Knoll Landfill. "This investment in a major expansion of the capacity of our leachate treatment system here at our landfill ensures that for the foreseeable future all waste water coming out of the [...]

Biofilter Upgrades Coming to Lunenburg, N.S. Wastewater Treatment

Posted on September 29, 2017
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia has announced details of its wastewater treatment plant upgrade that will be support by federal and provincial funding. Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore—St. Margaret's; Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs; and Rachel Bailey, Mayor of the Town of Luneburg, today announced over $1.1 million in joint funding to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant. "Investing in wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining a healthy environment and keeping our waterways clean,” said Minister Jordan. “The Government of Canada is working with provinces [...]

Charlottetown to Assist Low-Income Residents with Water Conservation

Posted on September 28, 2017
The City of Charlottetown and PEI are collaborating on the delivery of sustainability programs to assist low-income residents with water conservation and energy savings programs. The Low Income Financial and Technical (LIFT) program provides residents with the opportunity to have a residential water audit completed free of charge. The audit will help the homeowner find any leaks and will also determine if they qualify for a voucher for a low-flow toilet replacement. The program also includes the installation of in-home water saving devices, such as: a low-flow showerhead and a low-flow aerator for bathroom sinks. PEI’s long-running [...]
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