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Government of New Brunswick Begins Water Strategy Engagement

Posted on March 6, 2016
The Government of New Brunswick has invited the public, stakeholders, and First Nations to provide input and to participate in public meetings to gather perspectives towards the development of a new provincial water strategy for ground and surface water. The objective of the public engagement strategy is to provide an overview of New Brunswick’s water resources and some of the programs and initiatives currently in place.  A discussion paper entitled, "Working Together to Build a Water Strategy for New Brunswick," and a questionnaire have been provided, to gain public feedback on several questions: When you think about [...]

City of Saint John Announces $216 million P3 Plan to Overhaul Its Water System

Posted on February 11, 2016
The City of Saint John, New Brunswick has announced that it will proceed with a public-private-partnerships (P3) plan to overhaul its aging water system, totalling an estimated $216 million. Mayor Mel Norton said that it is the biggest municipal infrastructure project in the city’s history. The Safe Clean Drinking Water Project will be led by Brookfield Financial Securities LP, working with Spain's Acciona Aqua, North America Construction, SIMO Management Inc, AMEC Foster Wheeler, Stantec, and two local companies, FCC Construction and Gulf Operators. The project will feature upgrades to the Spruce Lake Water Treatment Plant [...]

Pilley's Island, Newfoundland Declares Water State of Emergency

Posted on January 5, 2016
Pilley's Island, a small town in Newfoundland and Labrador east of Cornerbrook, has declared a state of emergency due to a problem with the main valve in the water pump system. Town Clerk, Heather Ivany, posted a notice on the town’s Facebook page at noon today asking residents to conserve water. The post said that the town council anticipates that the municipal water supply will run dry later today. There was no indication as to when the problem would be resolved.  CBC news reported that the town has water stored in its water tower, but this water is insufficient to meet normal demands in light of the need for repairs that [...]

Corner Brook and Mt. Moriah Resolve Water Dispute

Posted on December 17, 2015
The Mayors of Corner Brook and Mount Moriah have reached an agreement about their water services, averting a contentious threat to cut Mount Moriah's water off. Corner Brook Mayor, Charles Pender said, "Late last week the deputy mayor and I met with our city management to review possible options in an effort to resolve the outstanding issues. On Friday, I contacted the mayor of Mount Moriah and invited him to meet, one on one, for a discussion." Pender said that he met with Mayor Joe Park on Saturday at Corner Brook City Hall to discuss the outstanding issues and created the general basis for an agreement. City manager, Melissa [...]

Corner Brook Newfoundland May Turn Off The Taps

Posted on December 10, 2015
For over 40 years, the town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland has been providing water services to nearby community of Mount Moriah free of charge, but that may end this month. Ten years after Mount Moriah’s contract with the municipality has expired, the community is refusing to sign a new water services agreement. In response, Corner Brook council has approved a motion to potentially cut off their water on January 8th if they cannot reach an agreement. In 1975, Corner Brook identified the need for a $565-million upgrade and expansion (estimated at $36-million), due to expanding populations and an outbreak of giardia. The municipality [...]

Saint John Selects Preferred Proponent for Water P3

Posted on November 10, 2015
Port City Water Partners has been declared preferred proponent for the City of Saint John’s Safe Clean Drinking Water Project. Under the project agreement, Port City Water Partners will design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a new water treatment plant on the city’s East side under a 33 year agreement. They will also design, build, and finance 26 kilometres of pipeline to renew the city’s water transmission and distribution system. Port City Water Partners is composed of Brookfield Financial Corp., Acciona Agua, North America Construction Ltd., AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, Dessau Inc., Simo Management Inc [...]

When The Well Runs Dry

Posted on September 11, 2015
Residents and watershed groups in Prince Edward Island are concerned that the city of Charlottetown’s water restrictions are insufficient for preserving the health of small streams. Sarah Wheatley, watershed co-ordinator of the Winter River-Tracadie Bay Watershed Association says they have been monitoring the situation for several years and have documented dry streams over six seasons since 2001, dry springs and private wells, and decreasing fish stocks. Seasonal restrictions are in place for Charlottetown from June 1 to Sept. 30, which limit the times in which residents may water lawns and prohibit certain washing driveways. They [...]

New Brunswick Announces Trio of Wastewater Upgrade Projects

Posted on August 5, 2015
On July 30, the Province of New Brunswick announced funding for three new wastewater infrastructure projects through the Small Communities Fund. “These strategic infrastructure projects will improve wastewater services in the communities of Saint-Isidore, Paquetville and Lamèque,” said Natural Resources Minister Denis Landry. “I am pleased that our government could provide one third of the total funding for these projects.” The projects range in value from $760,000 for a sewage lagoon replacement in Paquetville, to the $3.4 million installation of 3.5 kilometres of new sewer lines and the construction of two new pumping [...]

Halifax Gets Funding for Water Supply Upgrades

Posted on August 4, 2015
On July 31, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, was joined by Halifax Mayor Mike Savage, and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Halifax-Chebucto Joachim Stroink to announce federal funding of up to $5.06 million for upgrades to water supply mains in Halifax Regional Municipality under the New Building Canada Plan in Nova Scotia. Nearly $2 million in funding for the purchase of new public transit buses was also announced. The water transmission main renewal project will involve upgrading water supply mains in the areas of Bedford, Port Wallace, and Lucasville. In Bedford, workers will replace and [...]

Funding for Wastewater Upgrades in New Brunswick Community

Posted on July 27, 2015
On July 21, Regional Minister for New Brunswick Rob Moore announced $116,530 in federal funding towards wastewater system upgrades in Alma, New Brunswick. The funding represents up to one third of the total project costs of $349,591. The project will help increase the capacity of the Village of Alma’s wastewater treatment plant. With the upcoming completion of the Fundy Trail parkway – a seasonal, multi-use, coastal access network including roadway, bicycle trails, and footpaths – the village is expecting an influx in tourist traffic, which will put pressure on the treatment facility. “Our community is an important tourist [...]
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