The construction of a new water treatment system in Petit-Rocher, New Brunswick has been announced.

“Rural communities are an integral part of our country, and they have been highly impacted by COVID-19 in many different ways,” said Serge Cormier, member of parliament for Acadie—Bathurst. “Despite these challenges, the Government of Canada is proud to continue making investments, like this new water treatment system, that help make communities like Petit Rocher even healthier, greener, and liveable places.”

The project will see the construction of a new water treatment system that uses nano filtration, along with the expansion of the existing pump station. Additionally, a new treatment system for the filtration backwash, and connections to municipal water services, will also be built. Once completed, the site will be rehabilitated and expanded with a new parking lot to better assist with increased capacity and demand at the existing centre.

“Investing in improved wastewater and drinking water facilities is an important part of delivering on our government’s priority to build vibrant and sustainable communities,” said Gary Crossman, minister of environment and climate change and minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation. “With projects like these, we are not only preserving public health and protecting the environment, we are also equipping communities with the infrastructure they need for population growth and economic recovery.”

The new water treatment system will improve the overall water quality for residents, increase access to potable water, and help end boil water advisories for some members of the community.

“I am very proud to see the collaboration between all levels of government,” said Rachel Boudreau, mayor of the Village of Petit-Rocher. “Adequate drinking water is a must for all Canadian citizens. I am proud to finally be able to say to the citizens of Petit Rocher that we have water that is of the highest quality!”

The Government of Canada is investing more than $2.5 million in this project through the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of New Brunswick is investing over $1.3 million and the Village of Petit-Rocher is providing over $278,000 in funding.

Header image credit: Village of Petit-Rocher.


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