The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced more than $918,000 in funding for water infrastructure projects in Desbiens and Saint-Nazaire. The projects will support the modernization of municipal drinking water distribution systems.

“Building healthy communities starts with investing in essential services,” said Catherine McKenna, minister of infrastructure and communities. “Working with our provincial and municipal partners, we are providing access to modern and reliable water infrastructure for a larger number of Desbiens and Saint-Nazaire residents.”

In Desbiens, the project aims to extend the drinking water distribution system by about 1,500-metres to new homes in the Érables road area.

“I am proud that the Government of Canada is investing in water infrastructure in Desbiens and Saint-Nazaire,” said Pablo Rodriguez, leader of the government in the House of Commons and Québec Lieutenant. “These projects will provide all residents with access to reliable and long-lasting water distribution, which is key to ensuring a good quality of life in our communities.”

Saint-Nazaire is decommissioning its existing drinking water supply and distribution system in the Bouchard Street area, located in the west end of the municipality. Residences affected by this change will be connected to the distribution system of the neighbouring municipality of Alma through the installation of approximately 630-metres of water pipes.

“Throughout Quebec, our government is investing in infrastructure projects like those announced today in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean under the FIMEAU program to help restart our economy,” said Andrée Laforest, minister of municipal affairs and housing.

“We know there is much need to modernize our water infrastructure, and we are actively supporting municipalities in offering residents quality essential services,” added Laforest. “I’m pleased with the collaborative efforts shown by municipalities in carrying out concrete projects for the benefits of their residents.”

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The federal government is investing more than $459,000 in these two projects through the Green Infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Quebec is also investing more than $459,000, under the Fonds pour l’infrastructure municipale d’eau (FIMEAU). Both municipalities are contributing over $229,000 for the implementation of these projects.

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