The province is investing $250,000 to help refurbish the town of Pictou's water tower through the Provincial Capital Assistance Program.
The total cost of the project is $500,000.
"This investment will help keep Pictou vibrant and healthy, and ensure a better quality of life for residents and families," said Energy Minister Charlie Parker, on behalf of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell. "Improving and modernizing aging infrastructure is a priority and this investment will create local jobs and contribute to the local economy."
Through the Provincial Capital Assistance Program, the province contributes towards the cost of high priority municipal infrastructure.
“We’ve been trying for it for quite a while and it finally came through,” said Joe Hawes, mayor of Pictou.
Work on the water tower will begin right away and will take about five to six weeks to complete, he said. It’s a major step forward in their goal of improving the water quality of the town.
“It’s good news,” Hawes said. “Over the last number of years, we’ve been trying to address our water issues.”
Last month, the province announced $3.5 million in support for 11 municipalities. Annual funding is limited, so applications are ranked according to factors such as the severity of problems the projects address. Requests for projects that eliminate serious environmental and health problems receive priority.
Hawes said they are also hoping to get some federal funding for the project.