Water Study Funding Announced

first_imgThe Nova Scotia government has approved grants to 15municipalities to help them provide safe drinking water to theirresidents, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations MinisterBarry Barnet announced today, Jan. 28. “Investing in essential infrastructure, such as water systems, isvital to the health of Nova Scotians and for economic growth inour communities,” Mr. Barnet said. “Safe drinking water is oftentaken for granted in Nova Scotia, but the fact is we must makethese investments to protect our water supply. We are workingwith municipalities to ensure that the water that comes out ofthe tap in Nova Scotia homes is as safe as any on earth.” The latest grants, totaling more than $150,000, are part of theDrinking Water Strategy in which the province committed to helpmunicipalities assess their water systems. The grants wereapproved throughout 2003-04 and will be used to help themunicipalities identify areas where their water systems needimprovement. Funding for water utilities in the followingmunicipalities was announced today:Cape Breton Regional Municipality — $43,388Inverness –$15,000Colchester — $15,000 (Tatamagouche)West Hants — $11,000 (Falmouth $6,000; Three Mile Plains $5,000)Shubenacadie — $13,320East Hants — $13,320Yarmouth (town) — $6,400Windsor — $6,231Truro — $5,665Oxford — $5,145Shelburne — $5,110Cumberland — $5,000 (Biggs Drive subdivision)Mulgrave — $4,612Annapolis Royal — $4,240St. Marys — $2,990 (Sherbrooke) The grants represent one-third of the estimated costs ofpreparing the assessment reports. So far, more than $250,000 hasbeen committed to municipalities under this program. More than$100,000 worth of approvals were announced in April 2003. Theminister said further announcements will be made as municipalfunding applications are approved.last_img

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