Nearly five years of planning has finally paid off for the Town of Gander in Newfoundland. Federal, provincial, and municipal leaders announced that over $22 million in joint funding would go towards a new wastewater treatment plant to address community growth.
The project will greatly increase the performance and capacity of Gander’s wastewater treatment system. The new wastewater treatment plant and over 2.5 kilometres of new piping to transport wastewater from the Magee sewage treatment plant will ensure that the municipality can meet federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations.
The federal government will provide $11.68 million; the province will add $10.37 million; and the Town of Gander will be responsible for $13 million, covering the remaining total eligible costs of the project.
Premier Dwight Ball told media, “The Provincial Government’s role in this project reflects our commitment in The Way Forward to support the success of municipalities, and respond to infrastructure needs throughout the province. This is one of many ways our government is restoring fiscal balance and providing better services for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, while also helping the environment.”
Scott Simms, MP for Coast of Bays said, “The Government of Canada is committed to investing in modern infrastructure that meets the needs of our communities, and ensures that Canada will remain the best place in the world to live, work and raise a family. This important investment in Gander will protect the local environment, provide reliable wastewater services for local residents, and support population growth and business development in the area.”
The new system will be designed to service a population of about 30,000. It is the largest infrastructure project the town has undertaken.