Municipal Affairs and Environment
November 23, 2018

Construction Begins on New Wastewater Treatment Plant for Gander

Today, the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services and MHA for Gander, participated in a sod-turning ceremony held to celebrate the beginning of construction of the Town of Gander’s new wastewater treatment plant. Minister Haggie was joined for the event by representatives of the Federal Government and Percy Farwell, Mayor of Gander.

Through the construction of the new plant, the Town of Gander will meet the federal wastewater regulations. The Wastewater Treatment Plant will be located south east of Whitman’s Pond and construction is expected to conclude in early winter of 2020. The Provincial Government provided over $10 million to the project, the Federal Government contributed up to $11 million, and local municipalities contributed over $13 million.

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“Our government has made water and wastewater a main priority and has contributed to more than 200 wastewater projects in the province over the last three years. Through approximately $10 million being provided by the Provincial Government for this new wastewater treatment facility in Gander, residents and visitors will benefit from living in a clean and safe community for many years to come.”
Honourable Graham Letto
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

“It’s wonderful to see the new wastewater treatment plant project moving forward. I’m pleased to see our government’s support for the residents and visitors of Gander who will benefit from access to high quality wastewater services.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Communities and MHA for Gander

“The Government of Canada is committed to investing in clean infrastructure solutions that meet the needs of our communities, and ensure that Canada will remain the best place in the world to live, work and raise a family. I am proud to see the new Gander Wastewater Treatment Facility underway. Together with our partners we are providing reliable wastewater services for residents while safeguarding the local environment.”
Scott Simms, Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays–Central–Notre Dame, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“This is a big day for the Town of Gander, as we have been excitedly awaiting the commencement of the biggest project the Town Council of Gander has ever undertook. Council is proud to invest in a new and improved wastewater treatment system that will meet federal standards. We are thankful to the Federal and Provincial Governments for working with us to strengthen the Town of Gander’s economy, protect the environment and improve the quality of life of our residents.”
Percy Farewell
Mayor of Gander

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Media contacts
Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment

Jackie Watkins
Constituency Assistant to Honourable. John Haggie
MHA for Gander
709-256-3729, 424-3781

Ann-Clara Vaillancourt
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Mayor Percy Farwell
Town of Gander

2018 11 23                              1:30 p.m.