The municipal, provincial and federal governments all agree: it’s time to put an end to raw sewage from Windsor winding up in the Minas Basin.
After years of working behind the scenes, provincial and federal cash has been secured to assist with the construction of a new $10-million wastewater treatment plant in the Town of Windsor.
As a resident of Cheverie, Kings Hants MP Scott Brison is particularly pleased to hear the project is moving forward.
“To finally see this coming to fruition means a great deal on a personal level for me as somebody who lives on the Minas Basin,” said Brison.
“The Minas Basin is one of the most exceptional geographic features in the world and it deserves to be respected.”
The new treatment plant is a step in the right direction that has the potential to improve Nova Scotia’s tourism industry, Brison added.
“The Minas Basin is not only important environmentally and geographically… at some point it can become more important economically as well as a magnet for the kind of ecotourism that is developing globally.”
The Government of Canada is contributing $2,769,941 to the project through the Building Canada Fund, including $592,241 in new funding, and the provincial Department of Municipal Affairs has committed to kicking in $3,753,942.
The Town of Windsor will shell out $3,537,669 for the state-of-the-art plant.
The new plant, complete with treatment lagoons, piping, pumping stations, mechanical equipment and a modern screening system, will meet federal and provincial regulations.
“The facility will serve an area of 780 households where wastewater currently flows untreated into the Minas Basin,” saidSouth Shore-St. Margaret’s MP Gerald Keddy, while speaking on behalf of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) during a funding announcement held in Windsor’s town council chambers Aug. 14.
Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey said the provincial government agreed to contribute an additional $1,576,000 than originally expected to assist with the cost of amending the original plant design to meet current regulations.
“We will keep our communities healthier and help to protect the environment,” said Furey.
Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley thanked everyone who pushed for the new wastewater treatment plant, even those who fought the fight before his council career began.
“It’s been a long time coming,” he said.
This project is good news for Hantsport and West Hants as well, Beazley stressed.
“I know the residents of Hantsport will be pleased that no longer is wastewater going into the Avon River,” he said.
Don Beatty, Windsor’s director of public works, said the project will go to tender in early September. He expects construction to take about a year and a half to complete.
The plant will be located along Highway 101 on a plot of land between the Nova Scotia Textiles building and Wentworth Road, Beatty added.