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Gander Mayor Percy Farwell is pleased construction has officially begun on the wastewater treatment plant, something he says will "strengthen the Town of Gander’s economy, protect the environment and improve the quality of life of our residents.” -File photo

Upwards of $34 million being invested in the project

The start of construction on a new wastewater treatment plant for Gander was celebrated Friday, Nov. 23 with a sod-turning ceremony.

Through the construction of the new plant, the Town of Gander will meet the federal wastewater regulations.

“This is a big day for the Town of Gander, as we have been excitedly awaiting the commencement of the biggest project the Town Council of Gander has ever undertook,” said Gander Mayor Percy Farwell. “Council is proud to invest in a new and improved wastewater treatment system that will meet federal standards.

“We are thankful to the federal and provincial governments for working with us to strengthen the Town of Gander’s economy, protect the environment and improve the quality of life of our residents.”

The provincial government provided over $10 million to the project, the federal government contributed up to $11 million, and local municipalities contributed over $13 million.

“Our government has made water and wastewater a main priority and has contributed to more than 200 wastewater projects in the province over the last three years,” said Municipal Affairs and Environment Minister Graham Letto. “Through approximately $10 million being provided by the provincial government for this new wastewater treatment facility in Gander, residents and visitors will benefit from living in a clean and safe community for many years to come.”

Coast of Bays–Central–Notre Dame, on behalf of federal Infrastructure and Communities Minister François-Philippe Champagne, joined in noting the importance of the project in providing reliable wastewater services for residents while safeguarding the local environment.

“The Government of Canada is committed to investing in clean infrastructure solutions that meet the needs of our communities, and ensure that Canada will remain the best place in the world to live, work and raise a family,” Simms said.

The wastewater treatment plant will be located southeast of Whitman’s Pond. Construction is expected to conclude in early winter of 2020.

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