New Water Treatment Plant Officially Opened - News Release

Posted by Michelle Young on 22 October 2018

Water treatment opening

October 19, 2018
New Water Treatment Plant Opening in the Town of Pictou


The Town of Pictou celebrated the completion of its first centralized water treatment plant with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday.

The project received support from the Government of Canada and Province of Nova Scotia through the New Building Canada Fund Fund in the amount of $1.7 million from each party for construction of the treatment plant and pressure zones as well as $207 thousand from the Provincial Capital Assistance Program. Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; The Honourable Chuck Porter, Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs; and Jim Ryan, Mayor of the Town of Pictou, were special guests during the ceremony.

“The Government of Canada is proud to celebrate the completion of phase two of the Pictou Water Treatment Plant Upgrades,” said Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “These improvements will provide a long-term, reliable supply of clean drinking water to Pictou residents, which I heard repeatedly when knocking on doors in the community. Together with our partners, we are protecting the health and prosperity of the people in our communities now and for generations to come.”

“Municipal infrastructure is critical to the health and safety of Nova Scotians, and to economic development in our communities,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Chuck Porter. “We are pleased to work in partnership with the federal government and our municipalities to invest in water and wastewater systems to help ensure healthy, vibrant communities across Nova Scotia”.

With the new treatment plant, the Utility’s can now monitor its thirteen wells and instruments in real time, treat 3,000 cubic meters of water per day water, and remove over 90% of all iron and manganese. The facility is comprised of four sand filters, four oxidative media tanks, real time computer monitoring and alarming of the treatment plant, isolated chemical storage and extensive water quality monitoring equipment.

As part of the Town’s commitment to environmental practices, the treatment plant features Nova Scotia’s first water recycle process, which significantly reduces wasted water for internal processes.
In addition to the treatment plant, two pressure zones are also being installed. With these new zones, water customers in higher elevations should experience an increase in pressure of approximately 10 PSI, which will allow the Utility to complete an extensive flush program to remediate piping and eliminate iron and manganese that is already in the water infrastructure.

Mayor Ryan stated, “Bringing the water treatment plant on line and the completion of the pressure valve installations next month are major steps in providing a better quality and more reliable water service to all areas of the Town. Residents and business owners have been looking forward to this for many years. We are thankful for the participation of our Provincial and Federal partners in bringing this project to fruition.”

The entire project has a total cost of $5.8 million and will significantly enhance water quality for all Utility customers.

For further information, please contact:
Kyle Slaunwhite, Manager of Utilities and Projects by email: or by phone 902-485-4372