MEMRAMCOOK (GNB) – Provincial, federal and municipal officials announced more than $7 million in funding today to expand the water system in the Village of Memramcook.

The project will convert a test well into a production well in the new East Memramcook region. It will expand the capacity and the sustainability of the system.

“Despite the pandemic, our vision for a better future for the people of New Brunswick has not wavered, which is why the provincial government is pleased to participate in this important infrastructure project,” said Environment and Climate Change Minister Gary Crossman, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation. “By investing in water and wastewater projects throughout the province, we are helping to build vibrant communities and support the local economy.”

Once completed, the project will increase water pressure and provide for an additional 175 users.

“Rural communities are an integral part of our country, and have been significantly impacted by COVID-19,” said Dominic LeBlanc, president of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. “Today’s important announcement will help expand water service for the community of Memramcook. Our government is committed to investing in infrastructure projects like this one across the country, because we know that when our small communities thrive – Canada gets stronger.”

LeBlanc spoke on behalf of Maryam Monsef, minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development.

The federal government is investing more than $5 million in the project through the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure program. The provincial government is contributing more than $2.7 million and the Town of Memramcook is contributing $558,102.

“This third phase of our water system expansion project is an important step in making significant improvements for the greater well-being of our residents and we are truly grateful for this essential funding,” said Memramcook Mayor Michel Gaudet. “With this project, we can continue to move forward in improving our community while remaining focused on making needed services available to our residents.”