More wa­ter and waste­water fund­ing for Labrador

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - NEWS - BY EVAN CA­REEN

A num­ber of com­mu­ni­ties in Labrador re­cently re­ceived fund­ing for wa­ter and waste­water in­fra­struc­ture un­der the fed­eral Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund.

Just over $4 mil­lion was dis­persed to five com­mu­ni­ties un­der the Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, in a tri­par­tite part­ner­ship with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment kick­ing in $1,352,145, the prov­ince of­fer­ing $2,124,749 and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties con­tribut­ing $664,961.

“The gov­ern­ment of Canada laid out an his­toric plan in Bud­get 2016 to invest more than $120 bil­lion in in­fra­struc­ture over the next 10 years,” said Labrador MP Yvonne Jones. “These in­vest­ments help com­mu­ni­ties grow and pro­vide vi­tal ser­vices to ci­ti­zens. With a re­newed fo­cus on the north and In­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties these in­vest­ments will help meet the needs of to­day and the po­ten­tial of our fu­ture here in Labrador.”

The monies will sup­port pro­grams in Rigo­let, Hope­dale, Cartwright, Wabush and Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay. The gov­ern­ment an­nounced $11,913,506 for 77 projects across the coun­try through the Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund.

Labrador West MHA Gra­ham Letto said ad­dress­ing the Waste Wa­ter Reg­u­la­tions will be an im­por­tant part of mu­nic­i­pal cap­i­tal works in the fu­ture that will re­quire the co­op­er­a­tion of all three lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

“This al­lo­ca­tion for the Town of Wabush is a very im­por­tant step to­ward re­duc­ing the amount of un­treated waste wa­ter that is now en­ter­ing our pris­tine wa­ters,” Letto said.

Wabush got just un­der a mil­lion for waste­water treat­ment, with the feds putting in $332,472, the prov­ince kick­ing in $565,293 and the town con­tribut­ing $99,752.

Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay re­ceived more than $620,000 for wa­ter col­lec­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion, which Lake Melville MHA Perry Trimper said speaks to the im­por­tance of part­ner­ships.

“In­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment, par­tic­u­larly as it re­lates to the pro­vi­sion of drink­ing wa­ter and han­dling of waste and storm wa­ter, is es­sen­tial for the in­tegrity of our com­mu­ni­ties. These fed­eral, provincial and mu­nic­i­pal in­vest­ments rec­og­nize this fact and un­der­line the im­por­tance of part­ner­ships to sup­port sus­tain­able growth,” Trimper said.

Rigo­let got $749,000 un­der the agree­ment for waste­water work, and Cartwright $568,530 and Hope­dale re­ceived $548,635. Un­der this pro­gram, the prov­ince will con­trib­ute up to $17,451,414 for 77 projects and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties will con­trib­ute the re­main­ing fund­ing, to the tune of $39,224,560. The re­main­der will be paid by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

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