Officials from all three levels of government came together to announce funding to support improvements to water and wastewater infrastructure in the municipalities of Antigonish, Colchester, and Richmond in Nova Scotia.

One project will extend drinking water lines throughout Antigonish County to improve the quality of water service to residents. Another will improve water pump stations in the towns of Valley, Salmon River, and Debert in Colchester County, to provide more than 200 homes with more reliable wastewater treatment. The Town of Arichat in Richmond County will also benefit from an upgraded water treatment plant to provide high-quality drinking water for residents.

“The Municipality of the County of Richmond is grateful for approval of its ICIP funding application in the amount of $250,000 for improvements to the Arichat Water Treatment Facility,” said Warden Brian Marchand of the Municipality of the County of Richmond. “The funding will allow for immediate improvements in water quality for customers. The funding will see modernization of the plant instrumentation and chemical dosing equipment as well as the installation of new corrosion control dosing equipment as part of the utility’s corrosion control program.”

Once complete, these projects will modernize water and wastewater infrastructure in the municipalities of Antigonish, Colchester and Richmond, improving efficiency of services and limiting maintenance and operating costs, while creating healthier, sustainable communities.

“I am pleased to be here today to announce these significant investments in the municipalities of Antigonish, Colchester and Richmond,” said Randy Delorey, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Health and Wellness. “Through these projects, residents in Beech Hill and North Grant will have increased access to high-quality drinking water and residents in Arichat, Valley, Salmon River and Debert will have more reliable municipal wastewater services.”

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The Government of Canada is investing over $1.2 million total towards these projects under the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing over $1 million total to these projects. Colchester is providing over $449,000, Antigonish is providing over $292,000, and Richmond is providing over $66,000.

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