STEADY BROOK Residents hope Friday’s funding announcement for Steady Brook’s water system will lead to easier laundry and cleaning days.
Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Steve Kent was in Steady Brook to announce a provincial allocation of $391,000, to be cost shared with the town, for a water improvement project to be completed in the coming months.
The funding will be used to develop a number of wells in the community, which will serve as an alternate water supply and back up the current surface supply. It will also be used to help clean the existing water that flows out of Steady Brook taps.
Residents say they have been long complaining about the water being discoloured or dirty looking. Town officials say it is drinkable but residents say it does make for difficult laundry days.
“It’s easy to turn a black suit into a white suit if you’re not careful,” said resident Marina Hancock. “It’s dirty looking, especially after a hard rain, so we all hope this helps.”
Steady Brook councillor Leona Gillette called the grant “Great news.” The longtime councillor could not pinpoint exactly how long Steady Brook has suffered its water woes.
“We’ve needed this desperately, we’ve had this problem for a long time,” she said. “Everyone is tired of discoloured water coming out of their taps and we can finally do something about it.”
Kent said the larger issue of infrastructure in smaller towns is forefront in his mind, with a lot of rural west coast communities suffering issues because of their older, crumbling infrastructure and no money to fix them.
“We realized a number of years ago that the infrastructure is of critical importance, it’s one of my top priorities,” said the Minister. “We will continue to invest in infrastructure projects as we have done since 2008.”
The funding comes through a 90-10 split, with the town picking up about 10 per cent of the tab.
The gathering at the Steady Brook community building included about 25 local residents and members of council. Humber East MHA Tom Marshall was on hand, and said the funding represents a commitment of council to building lasting infrastructure and a strong community for children and families.