Early calls get money

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Staff Water­ville

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.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

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.

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