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March 15, 2007
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Testing Commences at the Charlottetown Wastewater Treatment Plant

Community and Cultural Affairs

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Provincial and City officials gathered this morning to tour the Charlottetown Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant has recently commenced its testing procedures and plans to be fully functional by July 2007.

“It is exciting to see the progress taking place within our province,” said the Honourable Elmer MacFadyen, Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs. “This facility will benefit Islanders by providing for a cleaner and healthier environment.”

The $21.2 million project began in 2005, with joint Strategic Infrastructure Funding (SIF) between the federal, provincial and municipal governments. The project consists of major upgrades to Charlottetown’s wastewater treatment capabilities and the implementation of Charlottetown’s portion of the Provincial Sludge Management Strategy.

The secondary treatment portion of the new facility was commissioned last month. This process involves a biological treatment that removes 90 per cent of the wastewater strength prior to discharge. “The secondary treatment is exceptional,” says Clifford Lee, Mayor of Charlottetown. “It is working better than we had anticipated. This expansion and upgrading will move the City of Charlottetown toward a higher ranking with the next evaluation by the Sierra Club of Canada.”

The implementation of the Provincial Sludge Management Strategy will be commissioned this month. The Strategy will ensure that all sludge, including septic tank and municipal treatment plant waste, is treated and stabilized to the highest standard before it is land applied.

“Improved sludge management will ensure continued, long-term protection of our drinking water and surface water resources making Prince Edward Island a national leader in responsible waste management,” said Minister MacFadyen. “The Government of Prince Edward Island is pleased to partner in funding these two important environmental initiatives which will provide significant benefits to Islanders.”

Media Contact: Autumn Tremere
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