Important water system upgrades to benefit thousands of St. John's residents

ST. JOHN'S, May 19, 2017 /CNW/ - Investing in infrastructure projects that ensure that municipal water and wastewater systems are up-to-date safeguards public health and helps to protect our waterways. It also creates jobs and generates new economic opportunities to help strengthen the middle class across the province.

Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John's East, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Graham Letto, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, and His Worship, Dennis O'Keefe, Mayor of the City of St. John's announced more than $5.5 million in joint federal-provincial funding for the second phase of the Portugal Cove Road water transmission main replacement project in St. John's.

Work involves replacing the aging water transmission main between New Cove Road and First Avenue, and installing a new underground pressure reducing station at the intersection of Portugal Cove Road and New Cove Road.

Residents will benefit from reduced service outages and traffic disruptions caused by breakages in the water main. The replacement of this critical stretch will also improve the efficiency and reliability of water transmission from the Windsor Lake water treatment facility to residences in the east end, city center and downtown areas of St. John's.


"These vital investments to modernize St. John's water infrastructure reflect the Government of Canada's commitment to building sustainable communities that meet people's needs now and into the future. We will continue working in close collaboration with our partners to ensure we make smart infrastructure investments that help protect the environment and preserve public health, while paving the way for economic development that creates good jobs and strengthens the middle class."

Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John's East, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"Our government's investment in this shared project demonstrates our priority to assist municipalities in providing clean drinking water systems. The Portugal Cove Road water transmission main replacement is a critical project that will directly benefit residents and businesses of St. John's. We continue to work with federal and municipal partners to contribute to maintaining safe and sustainable communities in Newfoundland and Labrador."

The Honourable Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

"Providing clean drinking water is vital for the health and safety of our community. The City has committed over $3 million for the installation of two new water mains along Portugal Cove Road. These upgrades will benefit residents and create new employment opportunities for the local economy. I thank our federal and provincial government partners for their financial support."

Dennis O'Keefe, Mayor, City of St. John's

Quick facts

  • The government of Canada is contributing up to $2,652,573 to this project, while the province is providing $2,918,387. The City of St. John's will provide the remainder of the cost, to the amount of $3,205,186 towards the total project cost of $8,776,146.
  • Budget 2017 proposes $21.9 billion for investments for green infrastructure. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Associated links

Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017:

Federal infrastructure investments in Newfoundland and Labrador:

New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component
National and Regional Projects:

City of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador:

Twitter: @INFC_eng
Web: Infrastructure Canada


SOURCE Infrastructure Canada

For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149,; Lynn Robinson, Media Relations Manager, Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, 709-729-5449,; Kelly Maguire, Media Relations, City of St. John's, 709-576-8491,; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154,


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