FCM's Green Municipal Fund Commits $1,600,000 to the City of Corner Brook for Water Meter Installation and Water Main Rehabilitation

    CORNER BROOK, NL, July 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Conception Bay South Mayor
Woodrow French, representing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM),
and the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister
Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Gary
Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today a $1,000,000 Green
Municipal Fund (GMF) grant and a further $600,000 GMF loan for the City of
Corner Brook. The City is investing this funding in water meter installation
and water main rehabilitation in order to reduce excess water use, cut water
loss and improve water quality.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said Mayor French, representing FCM. "The financing and
knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that
are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
    "Through the Green Municipal Fund, our government is assisting
municipalities across the country in achieving their goal of a cleaner and
healthier environment for Canadians," said the Honourable Loyola Hearn.
"Today's announcement is another example of how the Government of Canada is
helping Corner Brook build a greener future for its citizens."
    In order to achieve reductions in water consumption and loss as well as
improve water quality, the City of Corner Brook will implement a municipal
infrastructure investment project with two components. The first component is
the installation of full commercial and industrial water metering as well as
the launch of a residential water metering pilot project. These initiatives
will support the existing leak management program and move the City towards
universal metering. In addition, the City proposes to "loop" the dead ends in
its water distribution system as well as install automatic flushing devices in
order to ensure system disinfection.
    "Thanks to the Green Municipal Fund the City of Corner Brook can now go
after big savings in terms of cutting excess water use and water loss while
making its water quality even better," said Corner Brook Mayor Charles Pender.
"The City anticipates full industrial and commercial metering could decrease
water consumption by 10 per cent and full residential metering could decrease
consumption by 20 to 30 per cent. This means Corner Brook would gain water
loss decreases of up to 7,000 cubic meters per day. We would also pocket some
great environmental benefits by reducing oversized infrastructure, energy
costs, and flows to the waste water stream."
    The Government of Canada has endowed the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities with $550 million to establish and manage the Green Municipal
Fund. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private
sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and
climate protection.

    FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It
fosters sustainable communities enjoying a high quality of life by promoting
strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.

For further information:

For further information: City of Corner Brook, NL: Brandon MacDonald,
Director of Operational Services, City of Corner Brook, (709) 637-1541, Fax:
(709) 637-1502, bmacdonald@cornerbrook.com; Green Municipal Fund: Raymond
Sullivan, Communications Manager, Centre for Sustainable Community
Development, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6294, Fax: (613)
244-1515, rsullivan@fcm.ca; Natural Resources Canada: Louise Girouard,
Director of Communications, Minister's Office, Natural Resources Canada, (613)
996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663; For information on the City of Corner Brook,
visit http://www.cornerbrook.com; For information on the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities, visit http://www.fcm.ca; For information on the Green
Municipal Fund, including details of other approved projects and studies,
visit http://www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca; For information on Natural
Resources Canada, visit http://nrcan-rncan.gc.ca; For information on
Environment Canada, visit http://www.ec.gc.ca

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