Residents of New Glasgow and Stellarton will soon have improved wastewater systems thanks to funding made available through the Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund. Funding of $450,000 for the projects was announced today, March 8, by the government of Canada and the province of Nova Scotia. The towns of Stellarton and New Glasgow will fund the balance of the project costs, after formal acceptance of the agreement. The projects respond to municipal and program priorities. The Stellarton project includes the design and installation of the first phase of the combined sewer overflow reduction program, which will remove stormwater from the sanitary system to allow the sewage treatment plant to operate more efficiently. The New Glasgow project includes the design and construction of a stormwater sewer on Cameron Avenue, between Abercrombie Road and Terrace Street. It will remove stormwater from the sanitary system, increasing the capacity of the East River Abatement System wastewater facility. “Canada’s government is working in partnership with its provincial and municipal counterparts to get things done for the people of New Glasgow and Stellarton,” said Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “Investments in community infrastructure like we are making today improves the environment and the quality of life of families.” Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, said the investment is helping build safer communities and stronger infrastructure. “Today’s investment is an excellent example of how the Nova Scotia government is helping our communities plan for the future,” said Mr. Muir. “We are committed to helping provide a high quality of life for all our citizens and protecting the environment.” Russell Walker, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, said he is pleased the important projects are moving forward. “With each new infrastructure project announced, we see the results of the hard work community partners and municipal staff have invested in developing these project proposals,” said Mr. Walker. The $111-million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities are members of the Program management committee. The Fund supports community infrastructure improvements, such as water, wastewater, and solid waste management.