Early calls get money
Always be the first to call a newly elected politician must be something that Waterville mayor Gladys Bruun knows; you may get his attention.
And she did! To the tune of $5,903,760 for the new water filtration plant, two thirds of the total cost.
Health Minister and Townships Minister, Dr. Réjean Hébert, told the anecdote at a press conference on Monday. “As soon as I was elected, Mrs. Bruun was on the phone explaining the need for the new water plant. You have the end result today. Our grant is now almost double from the original.”
The plant will serve most of Waterville, save the Earlstown sector. All in all, 1200 residents, the three education establishments and the four major industries, Waterville TG being the largest, will have access to water that is up to the norm.
New pumps will be installed at the new plant that will bring water from Lake Massawippi. It will be remembered that in the Ayer’s Cliff saga, the water from that lake was not available. The repeat of the same history almost happened in Waterville as wells had been dug. Maybe the Charbonneau inquiry should look into the matter to see if engineering firms are in cahoots with the Environment Ministry to favour solutions that, at first glance, are better than digging wells. After all, the enquiry has been looking into pipes lately and it smells as bad as some of the local water.
Before the press conference, Mayor Gladys Bruun told the story behind the painting on the wall at the Waterville Town Hall to Health Minister Réjean Hébert.