Plenty of fund­ing to go around

Town re­ceives fund­ing for next phase of wa­ter main up­grade

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - BY DIANE CROCKER [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_DianeCrock­er

A num­ber of west coast com­mu­ni­ties re­ceived fund­ing from the provin­cial gov­ern­ment Fri­day.

Re­li­able wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture is some­thing that Joe Reid said his town re­ally needs.

It’s im­por­tant for res­i­dents all year, but es­pe­cially in the tourist sea­son, said the mayor of Nor­ris Point on Fri­day.

Nor­ris Point, in the heart of Gros Morne Na­tional Park, sees a large num­ber of vis­i­tors in the sum­mer and early fall, so hav­ing a re­li­able source of drink­ing wa­ter is key for the town.

But Reid said the town’s wa­ter sys­tem has been the source of many is­sues for at least the last 14 years.

“It was crum­bling,” he said. With that comes a lot of leaks and that means the wa­ter of­ten has to be shut off to make re­pairs. And the re­pairs have got­ten quite costly over the years.

“You don’t know what you’re go­ing to run into when you dig it up.”

And the shut­offs im­pact the restau­rants and inns in the town that are de­pend­ing on tourist vis­its to make a liv­ing.

“It’s not good,” said Reid. About 10 years ago the town up­graded part of the sys­tem in Neddy’s Har­bour, but it wasn’t un­til last sum­mer that it was able com­plete a sec­ond phase along Main Street, from the town hall to the Bonne Bay Ma­rine Sta­tion.

On Fri­day af­ter­noon phase three of the town’s wa­ter main up­grade was one of 20 in­fra­struc­ture projects on the west coast high­lighted in a fund­ing an­nounce­ment by Pre­mier Dwight Ball at the town hall.

A to­tal of $14 mil­lion will be spent in joint fed­eral-provin­cial-mu­nic­i­pal fund­ing through the Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund.

The prov­ince is con­tribut­ing over $6.9 mil­lion to­wards the projects and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment over $4.2 mil­lion.

The up­grade in Nor­ris Point will cost $2,180,000 with the prov­ince con­tribut­ing $1,120,309 of that. The town will con­trib­ute 10 per cent of the cost.

Reid said the town will have to bor­row its por­tion of the cost, but is in a good po­si­tion to be able to take that on.

Phase three will see the wa­ter sys­tem up­graded from the town hall to the Bonne Bay Health Cen­tre.

As part of the up­grade a booster will be added in the sec­tion near the hos­pi­tal.

“The wa­ter pres­sure at the hos­pi­tal for the (fire) hy­drants is not up to stan­dard,” said Reid.

There is enough pres­sure in the hos­pi­tal for sprin­klers, but Reid said the pres­sure on the fire hy­drants has been a con­cern.

The project still has to go through an en­gi­neer­ing and ten­der­ing process so work won’t be­gin un­til next spring and con­tinue into the tourist sea­son.

Reid said it will be con­gested at times, but the con­trac­tors will be do­ing most of the work on the side of and not di­rectly in the road.

Reid is hope­ful that once phase three is com­pleted the town won’t have any is­sues with its wa­ter for a few years. The new in­fra­struc­ture will have a min­i­mum life­span of 50 years.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Tourism Min­is­ter Christo­pher Mitchel­more, left, Pre­mier Dwight Ball and Cow Head Mayor Adrian Payne are seen dur­ing a fund­ing an­nounce­ment at the Nor­ris Point Town Hall on Fri­day.

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