Petrolia benefits from increased investment in water project



    PETROLIA, ON, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - Residents of Petrolia will benefit from
cleaner, safer drinking water through an increased investment under the
Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program. Pat Davidson, MP for Sarnia-Lambton;
Maria Van Bommel, MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex; and John McCharles, Mayor of
the Town of Petrolia, made the announcement today.
    As a result of an increase in eligible project costs for the upgrading of
the Petrolia Water Treatment Plant, the governments of Canada and Ontario are
each contributing up to $1,217,615 to the project. This represents a total
combined federal-provincial increase of $529,730. The Town of Petrolia is
investing the remaining one third of the project's total eligible cost of
$3,652,844.
    The improvements included upgrading the existing building, installation
of a membrane filtration and residue management system, as well as installing
a standby power generator.
    The upgrades were required to bring the municipal water system into
compliance with the Ontario Drinking Water Systems Regulation and improve the
overall quality of life in Petrolia. "Green" municipal infrastructure is a
priority for the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program.
    "The federal government is committed to investing in essential
infrastructure projects such as this, which will help ensure Petrolia remains
a healthy place to live and work," said MP Davidson.
    "The McGuinty government is working together with rural municipalities
for a stronger and more prosperous rural Ontario," said MPP Van Bommel. "We
are pleased to see that the federal government is providing its share of
funding for infrastructure projects that help build strong and prosperous
rural communities."
    "We are pleased that both levels of government have come on board with
additional funds," said Mayor McCharles. "Our Town is committed to ensuring
the health and safety of our residents."
    This is one 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.

    For more information visit: www.ic.gc.ca/coip-pico
    Project Reference Number: 726-6297

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For further information:

For further information: John McCharles, Mayor of the Town of Petrolia,
(519) 882-2350; Brent Ross, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural
Affairs, (416) 326-9342; Kerri Dunning, Industry Canada, (416) 952-0457

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