The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia announced funding for the replacement of the existing Whycocomagh wastewater treatment plant.
The construction of a new wastewater treatment facility will improve the quality of water and sewer disposal systems for Whycocomagh residents for generations to come. The new facility also ensures that the system will comply with Nova Scotia Environment and Federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations.
“Investing in high-quality water and wastewater infrastructure is essential to building resilient communities,” stated Mike Kelloway, MP for Cape Breton-Canso. “I am proud to work with our provincial and municipal partners to help bring this important project to life for the residents of Whycocomagh. This project will ensure continued delivery of quality water to residents, businesses, and visitors, while supporting future growth and protecting the environment.”
The Government of Canada is investing over $2.3 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing over $1.9 million to the project, with the Municipality of the County of Inverness providing the balance of the funding.
“Due to the age and condition of the current facility, the system is a priority for replacement,” added Brendan Maguire, Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs. “The new facility will help keep Whycocomagh safe, healthy and environmentally sustainable for many years to come.”
Laurie Cranton, Warden of the Municipality of the County of Inverness, said she appreciated the continued support from We’koqma’q First Nation, project partners, stakeholders and regulatory bodies “to advance an important green infrastructure initiative that meets the needs of our residents.”
“The vision of We’koqma’q is to improve the overall quality of life and well being of all community members. We know that this aligns with our vision and will be a transformative change for the community of We’koqma’q and we’re very glad to be a partner on this project,” added We’koqma’q First Nation Chief Annie Bernard-Daisley.