Waste­water fund­ing

Pro­ject ex­pected to cost $58 mil­lion

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID JALA david.jala@cb­post.com

CBRM waste­water up­grade ex­pected to cost $58 mil­lion.

A $58-mil­lion up­grade to the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s waste­water in­fra­struc­ture has been given the green light fol­low­ing Ot­tawa’s com­mit­ment to fund one-third of the pro­ject’s cost.

Jus­tice Min­is­ter Peter MacKay an­nounced Tues­day that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is con­tribut­ing $19 mil­lion to­ward the 10-year un­der­tak­ing that will in­volve the con­struc­tion of a new waste­water col­lec­tion sys­tem and treat­ment fa­cil­ity on the West­mount side of Syd­ney har­bour.

“I know how much these kind of projects mat­ter to peo­ple, so it is a real job for me to an­nounce this,” said MacKay, who plans to re­tire from pol­i­tics come the next na­tional elec­tion.

The fed­eral money comes from Ot­tawa’s $53-bil­lion New Build­ing Canada Plan.

The CBRM and the Nova Sco­tia gov­ern­ment will also each be re­spon­si­ble for one-third of the cost of the pro­ject, which will cre­ate an es­ti­mated 270,000 hours of em­ploy­ment.

Matt Viva, man­ager of the CBRM’s waste­water oper­a­tions, said the pro­ject is just one piece of the puz­zle fac­ing the CBRM in its ef­forts to meet strict ef­flu­ent dis­charge guide­lines by 2021.

“This is a gi­ant step for us given that mu­nic­i­pal waste­water ef­flu­ence is the largest source of pol­lu­tion by vol­ume in Canada,” said Viva.

“But once this pro­ject is com­plete we will still have seven more to go, in­clud­ing Glace Bay, New Water­ford and the North­side.”

It is es­ti­mated that it will cost about $450 mil­lion to bring the CBRM’s waste­water works up to the new fed­eral stan­dards.

Viva said the pro­ject in­volves con­sid­er­able de­sign and prepa­ra­tion work, but that he ex­pects the ex­ca­va­tion of col­lec­tor lines could start as early as next year.

“The pro­ject couldn’t have come at a bet­ter time — all kinds of pro­fes­sion­als are go­ing to be needed and it means work for the en­gi­neer­ing com­mu­nity, sur­vey­ors, con­trac­tors, labour­ers, op­er­a­tors and oth­ers,” he said.

The en­deav­our fol­lows the re­cent com­ple­tion of work on the east side of the har­bour that con­sol­i­dated raw sewage and waste­water from more than a dozen out­falls that is now sent to the Bat­tery Point treat­ment plant lo­cated north of Vic­to­ria Park in Syd­ney’s north end.

The new pro­ject will con­sol­i­date three raw wa­ter out­falls and di­rect it to a new wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­ity that Viva ex­pects will be built in the Sy­d­port In­dus­trial Park.

Mean­while, Mem­ber­tou First Na­tion Chief Terry Paul ap­plauded the ini­tia­tive both for its en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact and for the jobs it will cre­ate.

“We all need our health and this will help make sure the en­vi­ron­ment will be looked af­ter,” said Paul.

DAVID JALA/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Fed­eral Jus­tice Min­is­ter Peter MacKay capped off a se­ries of fund­ing ini­tia­tives for Cape Bre­ton with Tues­day’s an­nounce­ment that Ot­tawa will con­trib­ute one-third of the cost of a $58-mil­lion waste­water col­lec­tion sys­tem and treat­ment fa­cil­ity on the West­mount side of Syd­ney har­bour.

Viva

Paul

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