Province supports city water for Fall River

Official announcement of $2 million in provincial funding for central water made on Sept. 20


FALL RIVER: Bringing city water down the Fall River Road inched closer to reality on Sept. 20 as the local MLA and the province announced provincial funding for the water project.

Last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced federal funding for water and waste water projects across Nova Scotia, and that included support that would see city water brought down Fall River Road.

On Sept. 20, in a press release emailed to The Laker, Liberal MLA Bill Horne, on behalf of Zach Churchill, the minister of Municipal Affairs, officially announced the province’s contribution of $2 million to the project.

The money from the province and federal governments will fund the installation of 3.5 kilometres of central water services along Fall River Road. The provincial contribution is part of a larger $7.9 million investment by all three levels of government.

“Maintaining a safe and reliable water supply is a fundamental task of any government,” Horne said. “Expanding central water services from Windsor Junction Road to Fall River Centre is the type of project that makes a real difference in people’s lives.

“It’s great to see that all three levels of government are committed to the importance of expanding our critical infrastructure network.”

In August, Premier Stephen McNeil announced at an event with Prime Minister Trudeau that the provincial government would commit $43 million to more than 90 waste water and public transit projects across Nova Scotia.

The Government of Canada and the Government of Nova Scotia have approved these community infrastructure projects under two new federal infrastructure programs: the Clean Water and Waste Water Fund and the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. These programs will address key infrastructure priorities with a focus on repairing and upgrading existing facilities and assets.

“The partnership and cooperation shown between governments on this issue is an encouraging sign of what we can achieve when we work together,” said Horne.