The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador have collaborated with the Town of Wabana to invest $370,000 into local drinking water infrastructure. The money will go towards a potable water dispensing unit–a small-scale water treatment system that pumps and treats water from the municipal supply, and then stores the water for residents to collect at their convenience. The units were identified in a 2008 government study as an effective way to supply safe and clean drinking water to smaller communities.

“This new unit is a great example of the investments we continue to make in water infrastructure throughout the province. In fact, since 2008, we have committed over $50 million for more than 70 water improvement projects which will benefit the people of Newfoundland and Labrador for years to come,” said Minister of Municipal Affairs Kevin O’Brien.

Similar potable water dispensing units have been provided to 12 communities province-wide. They offer a safe and relatively inexpensive alternative for small villages that have been under lengthy boil-water advisories.

“This investment in water infrastructure is welcomed by the people of Wabana, and will improve the quality of water in the community,” said David Brazil, MHA for Conception Bay East – Bell Island. “This new water dispensing unit is a great piece of technology. It will supplement the local supply, and will allow residents to collect the drinking water they require.”

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