LEWISPORTE, NL: RESIDENTS TO GET IMPROVED WATER SERVICES
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The town of Lewisporte in Newfoundland and Labrador will be receiving funds of $2.1 million to improve their drinking water systems from provincial and federal governments.
Lewisporte is in central Newfoundland and has a population of 3 409. The small town is located in Burnt Bay that opens up on the Bay of Exploits. Lewisporte gets its name from an early owner of a logging operator named Lewis Miller.
After September 11 2001 many flights were diverted to Gander International Airport thirty minutes away from Lewisporte. The town participated in Operation Yellow Ribbon sheltering the airline passengers for many days until they could return home safely.
On behalf of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment Andrew Parsons, MHA for Lewisporte - Twillingate Derek Bennet and Scott Simms, MP for Coast of Bays–Central–Notre Dame, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities made the announcement.
Bennett said "water and wastewater are essential services and these upgrades will improve water services for the Town of Lewisporte. As a resident of Lewisporte, I welcome this investment and understand how crucial water services are to improving the quality of life for everyone who resides, works, or visits our community."
The funds will go toward adding a secondary water storage tank and twinned water main to the current water distribution system. This work will allow the town to expand water distribution to areas that are currently unserviced as well as improving water services overall.
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will be investing over $1 million as part of its provincial commitment in The Way Forward which endeavours to strengthen the economy and services provided to citizens.
The Federal Government will contribute up to $733,000 to this project through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—National Regional Projects. The remainder of the costs will be paid for by the town itself.
Mayor of Lewisporte Betty Clarke said "the Town of Lewisporte would like to thank the federal and provincial governments for their commitment to ensuring our citizens have access to clean water. With this investment, our residents will benefit from infrastructure improvements that are essential to keeping our community healthy and also protecting our environment."
The decision to expand Lewisporte water services comes after town council commissioned two studies to determine how water might be distributed to the south side.
One study funded by the provincial government had found that a second water tank would be necessary to provide the system with enough pressure and volume to supply everyone.
The town also found that the information it had on file was out of date and contained inconsistencies like the number of fire hydrants. The data accumulated in the study will go towards creating a digital map of water services that will provide up to date information and inform decisions in the future.
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