ARICHAT: Richmond County will apply for funding to study its aging infrastructure.

During the regular monthly meeting of Richmond Municipal Council in Arichat, director of public works, Chris Boudreau, asked council’s permission to apply to the Provincial Capital Assistance Program (PCAP) to study sewer plants in Arichat and Petit de Grat, which he estimated are over 50 years old.

Boudreau said the PCAP funding will allow them to conduct pre-engineering which will determine what work will be done and how much it will cost before applying for other infrastructure funding.

Richmond Warden Brian Marchand agreed with the request.

“Our director of public works is looking ahead, as our plants are aging, just to get some studies done so that we have some numbers in place if a big infrastructure program comes out, we can apply,” the warden explained.

District 2 councillor Alvin Martell asked that all aging infrastructure in the municipality be studied.

Boudreau explained that the PCAP funding will review all inter-connecting infrastructure like lines and manholes, as well as any other infrastructure in the municipality that requires attention.

“It’s a concern all across Canada, it’s all you hear, infrastructure is aging,” the warden noted. “Pipes are put in the ground back in the 70s and there’s been some repair over the years on it but it‘s a concern.

“I believe the lift stations for Isle Madame were upgraded back between 2011-2012, but the infrastructure attached to those pumping stations is a concern.”