Hornepayne, White River and Wawa benefit from increased investment in water projects



    HORNEPAYNE, ON, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - Residents of Hornepayne, White River and
Wawa will benefit from cleaner, safer drinking water through an increased
investment under the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program (COIP). Tony
Clement, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern
Ontario and Minister responsible for COIP; Mike Brown, MPP for
Algoma-Manitoulin; and local municipal officials made the announcement today.
    The municipalities of Hornepayne, White River and Wawa all received
additional funding for improvements to their local water systems. The upgrades
are required to bring the municipal water systems into compliance with the
Ontario Drinking Water Systems Regulation and improve overall quality of life.
"Green" municipal infrastructure is a priority for the Canada-Ontario
Infrastructure Program.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to investing in essential water
projects, and I am pleased to announce additional federal funding for these
important local projects," said Minister Clement. "These improvements ensure
residents will continue to have safe and reliable drinking water."
    "The McGuinty government is committed to ensuring Ontario residents have
the support they need for their important infrastructure projects," said MPP
Brown. "We are pleased that the federal government is coming forward with its
share of funding for these projects that help build strong rural communities."
    As a result of an increase in eligible project costs to upgrade the
Hornepayne water system, the governments of Canada and Ontario are now each
contributing up to $3,544,435 to the project. This represents a total combined
federal-provincial increase of $1,542,024. The Township of Hornepayne is
investing the remainder of the project's total eligible cost of $10,633,305.
    Improvements include connecting to a new surface water source;
constructing a water treatment plant, and connecting to the existing
distribution system. Other upgrades include installing a water quality
analyzer, spill containment, controls and alarms, chlorination equipment, and
constructing a raw water pumping station.
    "This is an important infrastructure priority for our community," said
Gene Belanger, Mayor of the Township of Hornepayne. "We would like to
acknowledge our partners for this increase in funding."
    As a result of an increase in eligible project costs to connect to an
alternative surface water supply in White River, the governments of Canada and
Ontario are now each contributing up to $1,395,323 to the project. This
represents a total combined federal-provincial increase of $607,042. The
Township of White River is investing the remainder of the project's total
eligible cost of $4,185,969.
    The project included constructing a surface water intake, a
pre-engineered building, and installing filtration, mechanical and electrical
equipment. A standby generator was also included, as well as retrofitting the
existing chlorine building.
    "We are happy to receive this additional investment from the federal and
provincial governments," said Angelo Bazzoni, Mayor of the Township of White
River. "Our Township greatly needed the financial assistance to complete this
project."
    As a result of an increase in eligible project costs to upgrade the Wawa
and Michipicoten River water systems, the governments of Canada and Ontario
are each contributing up to $3,641,201 to the project. This represents a total
combined federal-provincial increase of $40,402. The Municipality of Wawa is
investing the remainder of the project's total eligible cost of $10,923,604.
    The project included construction of a replacement water treatment plant
providing chemically assisted filtration, installation of a standby sodium
hypochlorite storage tank, and the provision of a secondary containment for
both the primary and secondary storage tanks. In addition, a secondary
containment for the hydrofluosilicic acid storage tank was installed, and a
watermain extension was constructed from the Wawa water system to the
Michipicoten River Village water system.
    "We are very grateful to our partners in reaching this goal for our water
systems," said Howard Whent, Mayor of the Municipality of Wawa. "Without a
combined effort, it would not have been possible."
    This funding is part of a series of matching federal and provincial
investments to help municipalities protect the health and safety of their
residents through essential infrastructure projects totalling more than
$1.3 billion to date in Ontario.

    
    Project Reference Number:   Hornepayne 434-6105
                                White River 805-6363
                                Wawa 395-6084

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For further information:

For further information: Gene Belanger, Mayor of the Township of
Hornepayne, (807) 868-2020; Angelo Bazzoni, Mayor of the Township of White
River, (807) 822-2450; Howard Whent, Mayor of the Municipality of Wawa, (705)
856-2244; Brent Ross, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs,
(416) 326-9342; Kerri Dunning, Industry Canada, (416) 952-0457; For more
information visit: www.ic.gc.ca/coip-pico

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