Residents of Township of St. Joseph to benefit from cleaner, safer drinking water



    RICHARDS LANDING, ON, March 16 /CNW/ - Residents of the Township of St.
Joseph will benefit from cleaner, safer drinking water through an investment
under the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program (COIP). The Honourable Tony
Clement, Minister of Health and Minister responsible for the COIP; the
Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural
Affairs; and Jody Wildman, Mayor of the Township of St. Joseph, made the
announcement today.
    The Township of St. Joseph will upgrade the Richards Landing water supply
system, which will improve the drinking water quality for 300 households.
Upgrades include the construction of a water treatment plant to provide
chemically assisted filtration, the installation of raw and treated water flow
meters, watertight clearwell and high-lift access hatches, chlorine metering
pumps, chlorine residual and turbidity meters, and a chart recorder.
    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 Township of St. Joseph. "Green"
municipal infrastructure is a top priority for the COIP.
    Canada's New Government and the Government of Ontario will each
contribute up to $350,801 to this project. The Township of St. Joseph will
invest the balance of the project's total eligible cost of $1,052,402.
    "Canada's New Government is getting things done for families and
taxpayers in the Township of St. Joseph by strengthening local
infrastructure," said Minister Clement. "Clean water is important to all
Canadians. Our investment of over $350,000 will help ensure residents can have
peace of mind knowing that they will have safe drinking water each and every
time they turn on their taps."
    "The McGuinty government is pleased to have been a partner in upgrading
the water treatment plant in the Township of St. Joseph," said Minister
Dombrowsky. "This project is yet another example of our government's
commitment to rural families and to improving the quality of life for people
in this township."
    "These are very significant and vital improvements to our water system,"
said Mr. Wildman. "We are very grateful for the support of the federal and
provincial governments which will help ensure our municipality continues to
grow and prosper."
    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: 806-6364

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For further information:

For further information: Jody Wildman, Mayor of the Township of St.
Joseph, (705) 246-2625; Brent Ross, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural
Affairs, (416) 326-9342; Linda Hann, Industry Canada, (416) 952-0468


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