Bear River wastewater to Smith’s Cove treatment facility

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By Lawrence Powell
Transcontinental Media

Wastewater treatment in Bear River will soon receive cost effective improvements thanks to the federal Gas Tax Fund.

West Nova MP Greg Kerr, Health Minister Leo Glavine, and Annapolis County warden Reg Ritchie announced funding Dec. 1 for wastewater improvements, the result of a partnership between the municipalities of Annapolis County and Digby District.

The $100,353 infrastructure project involves flowing wastewater from the community of Bear River in Annapolis County to a new regional wastewater treatment facility in Smith’s Cove. The federal funds cover costs of the project.

Also on hand for the announcement, made at Changing Tides Café in Bear River, were Bear River Board of Trade member Larry Knox, and Annapolis County councilors Alex Morrison, Gregory Heming, and Wayne Fowler.

“Our government is proud to invest in safe and reliable wastewater infrastructure which not only reduces maintenance costs, saves energy, and protects the environment, but also contributes to the health and well-being of Nova Scotia residents,” said Kerr.

“It is important that we invest in our municipal infrastructure, like these changes to the wastewater treatment system, so we can reduce our impact on the environment,” said Glavine. “I am pleased the different levels of government are able to work together to make these improvements that will benefit the residents and the community in the years ahead.”

 “Pooling of resources instead of competing for resources results in improved economic and community development for both areas,” said Ritchie. “We are eliminating boundaries and working together to benefit residents. We want to thank the federal and provincial governments and the Municipality of the District of Digby for their continued partnership and collaboration.”

In a news release, Digby warden Linda Gregory said municipal units are experiencing drastic change. “Our demographics are changing and, in some instances, population is declining. There is also a continuing need to invest in our communities and provide services. With limited funds, we must prioritize and think differently to maintain sustainable government.”

Ritchie said pumping the wastewater to the Digby facility will save Annapolis County $30,000 a year operationally and $300,000 in one-time capital costs for the county.

“As governments pool their resources the results are improved economic and community development for everyone,” Ritchie said. “By eliminating boundaries, we come together to benefit our residents.”

The federal Gas Tax Fund transfer provides long-term funding to municipalities across the country to build and revitalize their local infrastructure.


Organizations: Gas Tax Fund, Bear River Board of Trade

Geographic location: Annapolis County, Bear River, Digby District Nova Scotia

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  • Simon Doiron
    December 19, 2013 - 22:46

    Hey, bear river you are welcome. The $300,000 mentioned in the article I know is questionable. It was estimated close to a million in savings for the digby side. Now if the Feds get their act together and hook up the First Nations residents it would be a success, as for now it is politicians patting them selves on the back for spending our tax dollars. Municipality of Digby Council deserves all the kudos here. With all the tax dollars saved why don't the two municipalities work towards a water system for the residents, maybe a change in Digby admin staff is what will take that project to go forward. There is no reason bear river residents can't have a water system, that should cost less than what the savings from the wastewater enhancement. Maybe the two sides could ask their newly elected MLA to help, lol, you know the one who fought so hard for a water system when he worked at the municipality (sarcasm)