More than 350 households in North Preston will have improved drinking water and an upgraded wastewater system thanks to funding through the Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund. The project includes upgrades and expansion of the wastewater treatment facility and improvements to the water treatment plant to meet Nova Scotia’s drinking water standards. The project will also help reduce the risk of sewer system overflows into the Lake Major Watershed, one of Halifax Regional Municipality’s (HRM) regional water supplies. Federal and provincial funding of $3,033,332 was announced today, May 8. HRM will fund the balance upon formal acceptance of the agreement and environmental assessment approval. “The effective treatment of wastewater and access to safe drinking water are essential elements in making our communities great places to live and bring up families,” said Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “Our government is committed to making this a reality in Atlantic Canada and across the country.” “We are committed to improving Nova Scotia communities by strategically investing in projects that improve our quality of life and protect our environment,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, on behalf of Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Today’s announcement is a fine example of our commitment. It represents a positive step towards making our communities safer and healthier.” The new infrastructure program supports community infrastructure projects such as water, wastewater and solid waste management. “By investing in infrastructure projects like this one, we are able to assist our residents in improving their quality of life,” said Peter Kelly, mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality. “This project is very important to the North Preston community and we are pleased to make this announcement today.” 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 management committee.