Funding has been announced for the replacement of the existing wastewater treatment plant in Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia.

“The Government of Canada is taking strong and quick action to protect the health and safety of all Canadians, to stabilize our economy, and to support communities across Canada,” said Mike Kelloway, member of parliament for Cape Breton—Canso. “Investing in high quality water and wastewater infrastructure is essential to building resilient communities.”

“The province is pleased to be working with the federal government, the municipality, and the First Nation to fund this much needed wastewater treatment facility,” added Brendan Maguire, Nova Scotia’s minister of municipal affairs. “Due to the age and condition of the current facility, the system is a priority for replacement. The new facility will help keep Whycocomagh safe, healthy, and environmentally sustainable for many years to come.”

The construction of a new wastewater treatment facility will improve the quality of water and sewer disposal systems for Whycocomagh residents for generations to come. The new facility will also ensure that the system will comply with Nova Scotia Environment and Federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations.

“We were very pleased to partner with the Municipality of the County of Inverness and Whycocomagh on this modern and progressive wastewater treatment plant project, to increase its capacity to treat and manage wastewater,” said Chief Annie Bernard-Daisley of We’koqma’q First Nation. “The vision of We’koqma’q is to improve the overall quality of life and well being of all community members. We know that this aligns with our vision and will be a transformative change for the community of We’koqma’q and we’re very glad to be a partner on this project.”

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“The Municipality of the County of Inverness is planning and developing projects that will lead to a more sustainable and operationally effective future for its infrastructure and the quality of services delivered,” added Laurie Cranton, warden of the Municipality of the County of Inverness. “The municipality appreciates the continued support from We’koqma’q First Nation, project partners, stakeholders, and regulatory bodies to advance an important green infrastructure initiative that meets the needs of our residents.”

The Government of Canada is investing over $2.3 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing over $1.9 million to the project, with the Municipality of the County of Inverness providing the balance of the funding.

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