The City of Fredericton will receive more than $36 million for two projects aimed at improving its water, wastewater and storm water infrastructure.
Funding comes from provincial, federal and municipal governments, with New Brunswick contributing about $12.1 million, Ottawa providing $14.6 million and the City of Fredericton investing about $9.7 million.
“Our government is pleased to support this significant investment in the City of Fredericton’s core water and wastewater infrastructure,” said Jill Green, New Brunswick’s transportation and infrastructure minister, in a news release.
“These projects help position the city for future growth and protect the natural environment. At the same time, it will help pave the way for funding the performing arts centre by giving the city more funding capacity.”
There are ongoing upgrades at the Barkers Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, which will see specialized tanks, pumps, pipes and other waste water treatment systems replaced. This work is to reduce the likelihood of failures and water loss.
“Water-related infrastructure plays a pivotal role in the health of residents and the environment,” said Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin in a news release.
“Upgrading and modernizing water, wastewater and storm water infrastructure in Fredericton will help the community better meet demands for services, while increasing capacity to handle a changing climate.”
In addition, the other project will involve the renewal of water, wastewater and storm water infrastructure on various streets around the city over the next five years, including the replacement of sidewalks in those areas.
“On behalf of Fredericton city council, I extend my thanks to the federal and provincial governments for their funding support to water and wastewater projects in our community,” said Mayor Kate Rogers in a news release.
“We are proud of our asset management approach that allows us to spend the right money at the right time on these renewal and replacement efforts.”