The Government of Canada and Town of Greater Napanee announced joint funding to improve and expand the Greater Napanee Water Pollution Control Plant.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $14 million through the Rural and Northern Infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Town of Greater Napanee will be responsible for the remaining costs of the project.
“The sustainability of small town rural communities depends on their infrastructure,” said Mike Bossio, member of parliament for Hastings–Lennox and Addington. “For far too long, our municipalities have not had the support they need to repair and replace aging water and wastewater systems.”
“Not only does this mean that they have had to turn down growth and economic development, but also that our environment has been negatively impacted,” Bossio added. “The funding for Napanee’s wastewater treatment plant demonstrates clearly that the environment and the economy must go together, and I am proud to see Napanee getting the investments it needs for a sustainable future.”
The announcement was made by Mike Bossio, member of parliament for Hastings–Lennox and Addington, and Marg Isbester, mayor of the Town of Greater Napanee.
“The expansion of capacity for our wastewater treatment plant, made possible with this support from the federal government, will allow us to be on an excellent footing for commercial and industrial investment opportunities,” said Marg Isbester, mayor of the Town of Greater Napanee.
“It also is essential in our efforts to improve our environmental outcomes, while conserving energy consumption—something so important for municipal governments, and really all forms of governments,” Isbester added. “I must complement our staff on their hard work and efforts to supply design and financial information to secure this support. Countless hours have been put in by the staff on both ends of this infrastructure injection.”
With the existing control plant currently operating at 94 per cent capacity, improvements and expansion of the existing facilities’ system will allow for more advanced treatment, and allow the plant meet increasing demands in the future.
The sustainability of small towns and rural communities definitely depends on the maintenance of their infrastructure. Good to hear that the Canadian government is contributing $14m to the continued upgrading process.