Municipal Affairs and Environment
April 28, 2017

Provincial Government Participates in Funding Announcement for New Water Treatment Plant in Pouch Cove

Today, Graham Letto, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, announced more than $3.8 million in joint federal-provincial funding for a new water treatment plant in Pouch Cove. Mr. Letto was joined by Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Joedy Wall, Mayor of the Town of Pouch Cove for the announcement. The Provincial Government is providing $2,426,988 to the project, while the Federal Government is contributing up to $1,427,413.

The town’s newly constructed water treatment facility will supply quality clean water to residents and businesses in Pouch Cove and eliminate the need for local boil water advisories. Additionally, the installation of a water storage tank will ensure water is available to the community during peak usage and facility maintenance periods, or for use in fire emergencies.

“Today’s investment demonstrates how our government is actively working with municipalities to building sustainable communities. We have made it a priority to support projects, such as the Pouch Cove water treatment system, which enable municipalities to provide clean drinking water for residents. Over the next three years, we have committed to invest $100 million in a municipal capital works program. In addition to the funding provided under this program, we continue to work with the Government of Canada to leverage federal funding to maximize infrastructure investment in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Honourable Eddie Joyce
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

“These vital investments in Newfoundland and Labrador’s water infrastructure reflect the Government of Canada’s commitment to building sustainable communities that meet people’s needs now and into the future. We will continue working in close collaboration with our partners to ensure we make smart infrastructure investments that help protect the environment and preserve public health, while paving the way for economic development that creates good jobs and strengthens the middle class.”
Nick Whalen
Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Today’s announcement of federal and provincial funding for a water treatment system in our town is welcomed news for Pouch Cove Council and residents. Many municipalities in our province struggle daily with providing clean drinking water to their residents, and Pouch Cove is no exception. With more than $3.8 million in joint federal and provincial funding announced today, the reality of clean drinking water for Pouch Cove is finally here. This is crucial for our town as we continue to grow, develop, and meet the needs of our residents in 2017.”
Joedy Wall
Mayor of the Town of Pouch Cove

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Media contacts
Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9446

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Barbara Tilley
Town Manager/Clerk
Town of Pouch Cove
709-335-2848 (ext. 110)

2017 04 28                              3:40 p.m.