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Halifaxs harbour cleanup is moving ahead and its still a P3-free project. A local construction firm is building a collection system for three new sewage treatment plants. Its the first step forward for the long-delayed project since city council cancelled a major P3 with water multinational Suez in late June.

Building the collection system will cost less than originally planned, and the mayor predicts there could be more savings on the way. He has publicly stated that canceling the P3, which would have handed long-term plant operations to the private sector, will save Halifax taxpayers millions. CUPE is continuing to keep close watch on the situation, as Halifax councillors return from a summer break to make further decisions to keep the long-overdue harbour cleanup on a 100 per cent public track.