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Alberta recreation and water infrastructure projects get federal and provincial funding


August 13, 2020
By Ground Water Canada

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Wainwright, Alta. – The governments of Canada and Alberta are providing funding to help local infrastructure projects in the province.

The announcement was made by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities, the Ministry for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development and the Ministry of Infrastructure for Alberta.

In the Municipal District of Wainwright, the funding will be used to improve the Greenshields wastewater treatment lagoon and capacity, as well as reduce the risk of leaking, odour and contamination, Infrastructure Canada said in a news release.

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Another project involves finishing the Alberta Central East Regional Water Transmission System. A further 96.3 kilometres of line will be added to bring a safe reliable water supply to 18 communities in the counties of Minburn, Two Hills and Vermilion River.

Water transmission lines will also be extended by 35.8 kilometres to bring the Village of Edberg in Camrose County, and the Village of Clive in Lacombe County a long-term, secure water supply.

For residents of Consort, the funding is going towards a new aquatic facility to help people stay active and support community development.

These, along with the other projects announced today, will create jobs and strengthen local economies now while promoting sustainable growth and residents’ long-term health and well-being.

The federal government will provide funding of more than $19.2 million in these projects through the Green Infrastructure Streams and the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Alberta government will provide more than $23.3 million. Municipalities and communities will contribute more than $6.2 million.

“Building vital infrastructure is a key part of Alberta’s recovery plan. Ensuring communities and organizations can get started on the planning and construction of these ICIP projects figures prominently in our plan to create needed jobs and boost local economies where it matters most,” said Prasad Panda, the minister of infrastructure for Alberta.