Wa­ter up­grades for Whit­bourne

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

The Town of Whit­bourne has re­ceived fund­ing to be­gin Phase I of a wa­ter line up­grad­ing pro­ject on Main Street.

The fund­ing was part of an al­lo­ca­tion of $2 mil­lion an­nounced by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment re­cently un­der its 2011 mu­nic­i­pal cap­i­tal works pro­gram for wa­ter and waste­water up­grades in the district of Pla­cen­tia-St. Mary’s.

The work will re­place old and prob­lem­atic wa­ter lines, said Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Kevin O’Brien.

A two-phase pro­ject will also com­mence in St. Bride’s to up­grade in­fra­struc­ture of two wa­ter sup­ply sources for the com­mu­nity, with the goal of im­prov­ing wa­ter qual­ity. In the area of South­east Pla­cen­tia, a new booster sys­tem will be in­stalled for the wa­ter sys­tem.

“ Wa­ter and waste­water projects are a pri­or­ity not only for res­i­dents of this prov­ince, but also for our gov­ern­ment,” said O’Brien.

“ These three projects will cer­tainly im­prove ser­vices by pro­vid­ing en­hanced in­fra­struc­ture to in­crease wa­ter qual­ity and pres­sure and pre­vent leaks.”

The MHA for Pla­cen­tia-St. Mary’s, Felix Collins, said Whit­bourne has faced is­sues with aging wa­ter lines, and this in­vest­ment will help elim­i­nate the need for con­stant re­pairs.

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