New Brunswick

Saint John west to get new school and fresh drinking water

The provincial government and the city of Saint John have agreed to a land swap that will bring both a new school and fresh drinking water to the city's west side.

Land swap deal agreed to by provincial and city officials

Havelock school is one of the schools that will be replaced by a new elementary school in Saint John west. (CBC)

The provincial government and the City of Saint John have agreed to a land-swap that will bring both a new school and fresh drinking water to the city's west side.

The trade was approved city council at its meeting on Monday night.

The provincial government has been allowing contractors working for the municipality to drill test wells on government land in South Bay.

As part of the swap that property will be turned over to the city, which plans to create a new water system for west side residents that will operate entirely from groundwater. 

Mayor Mel Norton says the water found in the area is quite good.

"It's extremely high quality, extremely large volumes. So it's an excellent find for the City of Saint John," he said.

Norton says the water is so good it will not have to be run through the planned new treatment plant on the city's east side. 

"There will be localized treatment for the water just to essentially chlorinate it on the west side," said Norton.

"It can be treated essentially at the source with chlorine just to make sure it stays clean and safe to the taps."

The flip side of the deal sees a ball field and nearby vacant city land in Fundy Heights turned over to the provincial government to permit construction of a new K-5 school.

The new $21.6-million facility will replace St Patrick's, Seawood and Havelock schools and accommodate 470 students.

About the Author

Connell Smith is a reporter with CBC in Saint John. He can be reached at 632-7726 Connell.smith@cbc.ca

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