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Watson still hopeful for sewage-plan money from Feds

Mayor Jim Watson insists he is not defeated by the lack of specific dollars in the federal budget to build storage tanks to keep sewage out of the Ottawa River.

Watson is counting on the city getting selected to benefit from a certain pot of cash. He says he didn't expect a $65 million cheque to be delivered on budget day.

However, there is $14 billion for infrastructure projects, and Watson says the city will have its application in on March 31st, the very first day.

"The criteria indicates that sewer work and water works projects are eligible for the Building Canada fund," said Watson in a news conference.

He says he'll be disappointed and surprised if the city is turned down, but during the conference Watson received an impromptu boost.

"Minister Baird's office has just communicated with my office and indicated that this project is still a priority of his, which is good news."

The city believes building underground storage tanks will essentially eliminate all sewage overflow by increasing capacity.

Watson hopes the project can be complete by 2017.

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