Embree to re­ceive ma­jor wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment

Just un­der $1 mil­lion for wa­ter sys­tem up­grades

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY PA­TRICK MUR­PHY Pa­trick.Mur­phy@ad­ver­tis­ernl.ca

There was a hid­den gem for res­i­dents of Embree in Pre­mier Dwight Ball’s re­cent mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture an­nounce­ment in Bot­wood.

The Town of Embree will re­ceive $927,960 to pro­vide for up­grades to the town wa­ter sys­tem. The project will be cost shared, with $469,297 com­ing from fed­eral cof­fers and another $280,474 from the prov­ince. The re­main­ing $178,179 to cover the cost of the project will be funded by the town. The scope of work in­cludes up­grades to the fresh wa­ter in­take as well as pump­ing and elec­tri­cal im­prove­ments to the wa­ter sys­tem.

The project was one of sev- eral an­nounced by Ball in Bot­wood Sept. 1. The to­tal price tag to fund projects across the prov­ince is $38.8 mil­lion. The prov­ince said the money is to sup­port projects that cre­ate “sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture” and pro­vide ben­e­fits to res­i­dents and busi­nesses.

The money is be­ing al­lo­cated un­der the fed­eral Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund and pro­vin­cial Mu­nic­i­pal Cap­i­tal Works pro- gram.

Ap­prox­i­mately $29.3 mil­lion of the to­tal costs will be footed by the fed­eral govern­ment, while the prov­ince is on the hook for the re­main­ing $17.4 mil­lion. Over 70 projects across New­found­land and Labrador will re­ceive fund­ing un­der the fed­eral Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund for mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture projects.

Pre­mier Ball and Min­is­ter Ed­die Joyce also an­nounced $9.5 mil­lion has been al­lo­cated for 28 com­mu­ni­ties un­der the new pro­vin­cial Mu­nic­i­pal Cap­i­tal Works pro­gram.

The Pi­lot has reached out to the Town of Embree for com­ment and will pro­vide up­dates as in­for­ma­tion be­comes avail­able.

PA­TRICK MUR­PHY / THE PI­LOT

The wa­ter sup­ply area and pump­house for the Town of Embree.

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