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June 2, 2006
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Government Presents $4.9 Million to City for Upgrading Wastewater and Sludge Treatment Facilities

Community and Cultural Affairs

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Premier Pat Binns and Community and Cultural Affairs Minister Elmer MacFadyen recently presented Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee with two cheques totalling $4.9 million, to assist with upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant on Riverside Drive.

The payment of $3.4 million for waste treatment represents part of the province’s commitment to the $21.2 million project, which is being funded through a partnership with the Government of Canada and the City of Charlottetown. The $1.5 million represents a contribution to the sludge treatment component of the plant which will be shared equally between the federal and provincial governments, but will be managed by the City of Charlottetown.

“The provincial government is pleased to partner with the Government of Canada and the City of Charlottetown to improve our communities,” said Premier Binns. “Upgrading the city’s wastewater treatment system and expanding and upgrading the sewage sludge management services will benefit all Islanders by providing for a cleaner and healthier environment.”

Minister MacFadyen, who is the provincial minister responsible for infrastructure, said the upgrades to the treatment process at the pollution plant are a significant part of the waste and sludge management strategy for Prince Edward Island. “The sludge component will eliminate land disposal of unstabilized septage and sludge throughout our province and help us meet our goal of becoming Canada’s cleanest province,” he added.

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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