Bridgetown NS New Well Milestone Announcement
Annapolis County, June 24, 2019
Thanks to funding from all levels of government the Municipality of the County of Annapolis (County of Annapolis) is delighted to announce the addition of a new well to the Bridgetown Water Supply System. There were two projects that took place to get the well in production and funding contributions were as follows.
Funding Commitments for the New Well Project:
- Clean Water and Wastewater Funds - Federal $304,636.00
- Clean Water and Wastewater Funds - Provincial $152,318.00
- Bridgetown Water Capital Reserve $152,318.00
Funding Commitments for the Land Purchase, Control Building, Disinfection / Monitoring Equipment, Controls & SCADA:
- Gas Tax Funding $150,000.00
- Bridgetown Water Capital Reserve - Land Purchase $58,821.31
“New clean water infrastructure is essential to maintaining healthy Canadian communities from coast to coast to coast,” said Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “I’m thrilled to see the Bridgetown Water Supply System up and running, and to see the Federal Gas Tax Fund at work, bringing cleaner water and efficient treatment systems to residents of Bridgetown so they can have a healthy environment to live, work and raise their families.”
“Bridgetown and communities across our province should have modern and reliable infrastructure,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, MLA for Annapolis. “Through projects like the new well, we are working with our federal and municipal partners to help ensure that communities have safe drinking water and the other infrastructure systems they count on every day.”
The County of Annapolis has been working diligently to lower the naturally occurring uranium levels for the Bridgetown Water Supply to ensure safe drinking water for Bridgetown Water Utility users.
“Safe drinking water is our priority. We are making an essential investment in the health and safety of the Bridgetown Community by adding this new well to our water utility”, said Annapolis County Warden Timothy Habinski.
During the summer of 2016 the County of Annapolis noted continual spikes of uranium in the Bridgetown Water Supply, which led to the decommissioning of one of the Bridgetown wells. The County of Annapolis subsequently contracted CBCL Limited to complete a program of test well drilling and aquifer testing to find a supplemental and/or alternative groundwater source for the Bridgetown Water Supply. After careful analysis of the data a new well site was selected and construction began in the spring of 2018.
The new well was put into production on April 5, 2019 and the County is pleased to report that with the new well we will see a 75% to 85% decrease in uranium as well as improved energy efficiency.
Municipal Services Manager
County of Annapolis