Saint John exploring P3 option for water treatment plant, infrastructure
Mayor insists water would remain city-owned and -operated.
Saint John, NB, July 5, 2011: Following a meeting between the area's MP, its MLAs, and the mayor regarding funding for water infrastructure, City Council endorsed an application to PPP Canada Inc., reports April Cunningham for the Telegraph Journal. The private partner would certainly design and build the facilities, and possibly operate them as well.
"For the first time in at least a decade, politicians from all three levels of government have met face-to-face to determine how to fund Saint John's ailing drinking water system.
Saint John Conservative MP Rodney Weston invited city council members along with Conservative provincial MLAs to his office Monday to have a "frank discussion" on how to move forward with finding the $172-million needed to build a new water treatment plant and related infrastructure.
While no concrete decisions were made, the officials agreed to keep all options on the table - including a public-private partnership, which has received some criticism in the past..."
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Posted: July 07, 2011
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