Georgetown, Prince Edward Island has received funding from the Canadian Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) for its new wastewater lagoon, which has helped secure its economic and residential future.

“We are really excited about this,” said Dorothy MacDonald, Georgetown’s chief administrative officer, pointing to the town’s new wastewater lagoon, which boasts an environmentally sound filtration system. “Not only does it help us reduce our footprint, but it gives us room to grow.”

Georgetown CAO Dorothy MacDonald and Mayor Lewis Lavandier. Credit: Government of PEI.

Georgetown’s project is one of 26 Island projects receiving combined federal and provincial funding through the CWWF.

According to the last census, 555 people call Georgetown home, and they’re fighting to retain and attract residents to keep the historic seaside town alive and thriving. They’ve been busy rewriting their bylaws, drawing up some new planning rules, and replacing aging infrastructure.

The CWWF has allowed Georgetown to invest in water and wastewater at a time when it can be done efficiently and effectively, along with other Island municipalities that have completed projects like Summerside, Tignish, Slemon Park, Kinkora, North Rustico, and Souris.

Because of the investments of the federal and provincial governments, Georgetown’s municipal tax funds were also stretched to put in drinking water upgrades. The work involved adding a new well to the town’s drinking-water distribution system to increase capacity and offer more reliable services to residents throughout the year.

Mayor Lewis Lavandier said the new well helped create new industry at the timber yard. “They’re going to tie into this new well,” said Lavandier. ”That creates industrial development, and certainly it goes a long way to help us in the area so we’re pretty excited about that.”

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