Last week, Quebec made progress on protecting its provincial waterways by investing in two infrastructure projects, announcing that the Town of Asbestos had completed a wastewater reservoir and that East Montréal will receive support for water lines.
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Shoi, made the announcements in the company of Karine Vallières, Member of the National Assembly for Richmond, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (Youth Component) and Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister Responsible for the Montréal Region, respectively.
Friday marked the end of construction on an underground wastewater storage reservoir in Asbestos that will contain flooding upstream of the community’s treatment plant. The work was completed due to over $820,000 from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) and a contribution of over $31,000 from the Quebec Municipalities Water Infrastructure Program (PRIMEAU) to carry out preliminary project studies.
“Thanks to this major investment from the Government of Quebec, Asbestos was able to carry out work to meet its water infrastructure needs and improve its citizens’ quality of life. Together, we will help provide our fellow citizens with pleasant and healthy places to live,” said Vallières. Two water pipe renewal projects in Asbestos were also funded through the CWWF program.
Canada and Quebec will each invest over $2.3 million in the renewal of nearly 5,250 metres of water lines in Montréal East. The financial assistance comes from the New Building Canada Fund. The city is contributing over $2.3 million to the project, for a total investment of more than $7 million.
“I am very pleased with the investments of the Canadian and Quebec governments in this project, which is allowing our city to renew its infrastructure and provide essential services to the community,” said Robert Coutu, Mayor of Montréal East.