Gander get $35-million for waste water treatment facility

Published on February 13, 2017

Announcing that funding has been secured for the Town of Gander has secured funding to move forward with a new multi-million wastewater treatment facility, from the left, are Premiere Dwight Ball, Coast of Bays — Central — Notre Dame MP Scott Simms, Deputy mayor Cyril Abbott and Gander MHA John Haggie.

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It was long awaited news for the Town of Gander today.

After nearly five years of trying to make progress on a new wastewater treatment facility on Magee Road — the old one is running near maximum capacity — Ottawa and the province are providing millions to allow the project to start.

The town hall was the setting for the funding announcement.

The federal government will provide $11.68 million, while the province will add $10.37 million.

The Town of Gander will be responsible for $13 million.

Deputy mayor Cyril Abbott said the town had established a reserve fund for the project. While it won’t cover the rest of the cost of the project it allows the town to start moving forward.

“We’ll have to borrow money, obviously, but we’ve started working on a plan to service the debt on this project,” said Abbott. “We’ve done our due diligence to have our portion in place.”

Abbott expects work to begin this year, by breaking ground for the build, aiming for a 2019 completion date.

“We’ll be pushing hard for that,” said Abbott.

With continuous growth over the years, Abbott said the town’s waste water system was running near capacity.

The new system is being designed to accommodate growth over the next 30 years. It will have the capacity to service a population of about 30,000 people.

Premier Dwight Ball and Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame MP Scott Simms were on hand for today’s announcement.