More than $9.5 million in joint funding has been announced for 13 projects to improve drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in Western Newfoundland and Labrador.

“These important projects are ensuring residents of Western Newfoundland and Labrador have modern and reliable water and wastewater management systems,” said Gudie Hutchings, member of parliament for Long Range Mountains.

“These projects will better protect the health and sustainability of our communities, while also providing jobs as we recover from the economic effects of the pandemic,” added Hutchings. “Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.4 million, with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador providing over $4 million, for these projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The municipalities are contributing more than $2 million in total towards their respective projects.

“Municipal infrastructure requires maintenance and if you do not make time for repairs, it will make that time for you,” said Derrick Bragg, minister of transportation and infrastructure for Newfoundland and Labrador. “Soon, residents in these communities will see some of their infrastructure repaired and replaced. It will mean that residents can continue to have clean drinking water and their wastewater and sewer lines can continue to operate as they should.”

The communities that will be receiving funding include:

  • Burgeo for replacing 970m of an existing watermain and with a new watermain.
  • Burnt Islands for replacing a lift station, including pumps, control panels, covers, hatches, chain hoists, pipes and valves, and system connections.
  • Channel-Port aux Basques for installing a new stormwater collection system, including 190m of storm water piping, manholes, and catch basins. The project will also remove and replace curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and asphalt affected by construction.
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More information about all the projects is available here.

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