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Water and sewer infrastructure project expected to continue in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN – The Region of Queens Municipality’s water and sewer project in Brooklyn is expected to continue this year, and staff is hoping that some provincial dollars could help cover the costs of the $800,000 project.

potentially with assistance through the Provincial Capital Assistance Program (PCAP) from the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA).

At the regular council meeting March 13, a motion was approved authorizing staff to submit an application for Provincial Capital Assistance Program (PCAP) funding from the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) in the amount of $200,000. In total, the Brooklyn water and sewer system expansion has an $800,000 price tag, says a Region of Queens news release. 

“The extension of the Brooklyn water and sewer project is part of the Region of Queens’ five-year capital plan and will carry the services and connections from where it currently ends at Markland Avenue, along Brooklyn Shore Road, to the end of Brooklyn Waterfront Park and will add a sewer pumping station,” said David Dagley, mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Connecting this area to water and sewer will provide many with a reliable source of potable drinking water and reduce pollution from outfall into the Brooklyn bay.”

Provincial Capital Assistance Program funding from the DMA has an objective of financially supporting high priority municipal infrastructure projects, reducing the cost burden to municipalities. Funding is targeted to support projects that eliminate serious environmental and health problems, with priority given to pollution abatement. 

A component of the PCAP application is a motion of council support. 

The application will be submitted by the April 26 deadline. The balance of the $800,000 project not funded by PCAP is expected to be supported by federal gas tax funding, explains the release. 

The 2018 expansion of the system in Brooklyn is a continuation of the current project, which began approximately 15 years ago and served to expand municipal water and sewer infrastructure to residents living outside Liverpool. Over the past 15 years, many houses have been connected to the infrastructure in communities that previously had on-site systems. 

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