Investment in water infrastructure benefits Municipality of South Huron



    EXETER, ON, March 9 /CNW/ - Residents of the Municipality of South Huron
will benefit from cleaner, safer drinking water through an investment under
the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program. Celebrating this important COIP
project were Gary Schellenberger, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement,
Minister of Health and Minister responsible for the Canada-Ontario
Infrastructure Program (COIP); Carol Mitchell, MPP for Huron-Bruce, on behalf
of Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Leona Dombrowsky;
and Ken Oke, Mayor of the Municipality of South Huron.
    The Municipality of South Huron will upgrade the Exeter and Huron
Park/Centralia Water Supply Systems, which will improve the drinking water
quality for 2,376 households. This project will include the construction of a
17.4-km pipeline to connect Exeter to the Lake Huron Primary Water Supply
System, as well as an 8,000m(3) ground-level reservoir and pumping station on
the northwest corner of Huron Street and Airport Line in Exeter.
    "Canada's New Government is getting things done for the residents of
South Huron," said MP Schellenberger. "I am proud to be part of a government
that is making a real difference by improving local infrastructure that we
depend on every day, ensuring it lasts for generations to come."
    The upgrades are required to bring the municipal water system into
compliance with the Ontario Drinking Water Systems Regulation and improve the
overall quality of life for residents in the Municipality of South Huron.
"Green" municipal infrastructure is a top priority for the Canada-Ontario
Infrastructure Program.
    Canada's New Government will contribute up to $1,904,998 to this project.
The Government of Ontario and the Municipality of South Huron will invest the
balance of the project's total eligible cost of $7,303,764.
    "Upgrading essential rural infrastructure is an important part of the
McGuinty government's Rural Plan and demonstrates our commitment to build
strong rural communities," said Ms. Mitchell. "Our more than $2.4 million
investment in this important water system upgrade is an example of how we are
working with our municipal partners to deliver safe, clean drinking water to
all Ontarians."
    "The Municipality of South Huron would like to thank our federal and
provincial partners for their support of this project," said Mayor Oke. "We
are eager to proceed with these important improvements to our water system,
which will benefit all of our residents."
    This is one of a series of federal and provincial investments to help
municipalities protect the health and safety of their residents through
essential infrastructure projects, totalling over $1.3 billion to date in
Ontario. A large number of these projects will ensure municipalities can
supply residents with clean, safe drinking water.

    For more information visit: www.ic.gc.ca/coip-pico or
www.omafra.gov.on.ca

    Project Reference Number: 887-6429




For further information:

For further information: Ken Oke, Mayor of the Municipality of South
Huron, (519) 235-0310; Brent Ross, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural
Affairs, (416) 326-9342; Linda Hann, Industry Canada, (416) 952-0468

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