South Dundas and South Stormont benefit from increased investment in water projects



    WILLIAMSBURG, ON, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Residents of South Dundas and South
Stormont will benefit from cleaner, safer drinking water through an increased
investment under the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program. Guy Lauzon, Member
of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry; Jim Brownell, Member of
Provincial Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry; and local municipal
officials made the announcement today.
    The townships of South Stormont and South Dundas both received additional
funding for improvements to their local water systems. 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.
"Green" municipal infrastructure is a priority for the Canada-Ontario
Infrastructure Program.
    "I am pleased to announce additional federal funding of over $2 million
for enhancements to these two important local water projects," said MP Lauzon.
"These improvements will have real and lasting benefits for area residents."
    "As part of the McGuinty government's ongoing commitment to support
strong and prosperous rural communities, I'm pleased to see these investments
are being made in the Morrisburg Water Treatment Plant and the water treatment
plant on Moulinette Island," said MPP Brownell. "We're pleased that the
federal government has matched our provincial investments for increased
eligible project costs for these important community infrastructure projects."
    As a result of an increase in eligible project costs for the construction
of the South Dundas Regional Water Treatment Plant, the governments of Canada
and Ontario are each contributing up to $4,775,793 to the project. This
represents a total combined federal-provincial increase of $2,077,732. The
Township of South Dundas is investing the remaining one third of the project's
total eligible cost of $14,327,378.
    The new water treatment plant replaced the existing plants in Morrisburg
and Iroquois. The project included the installation of new filtration,
disinfection and fluoridation systems, standby power generation and
construction of a chlorine contact chamber and clearwell storage. The Township
also converted the Morrisburg Water Treatment Plant to a low-lift pumping
station, and the Iroquois Water Treatment Plant to a rechlorination station
and installed a 12-kilometre trunk watermain.
    "The Township would like to acknowledge the increased contributions of
the federal and provincial governments," said South Dundas Mayor Charles
Barkley. "We remain committed to improving the quality of life in our
community."
    As a result of an increase in eligible project costs for the water system
improvements in South Stormont, the governments of Canada and Ontario are each
contributing up to $5,021,231 to the project. This represents a total combined
federal-provincial increase of $2,133,854. The Township of South Stormont is
investing the remaining one third of the project's total eligible cost of
$15,063,693.
    The project included the construction of a new membrane filtration water
treatment plant to replace the Ingleside and Long Sault water treatment
plants, as well as the construction of a 9.6-kilometre trunk watermain to
service these two communities. The project also included improvements to
Newington well supply and the St. Andrews-Rosedale Terrace water system.
    "I am very happy that we are receiving additional funding from the
federal and provincial governments for our water treatment plant," said South
Stormont Mayor Bryan McGillis. "Our residents will continue to benefit from
this important health and safety project for years to come."
    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: South Dundas 599-6198
                              South Stormont 765-6334

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For further information:

For further information: Charles Barkley, Mayor of the Township of South
Dundas, (613) 535-2673; Bryan McGillis, Mayor of the Township of South
Stormont, (613) 537-2362; Brent Ross, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food
and Rural Affairs, (416) 326-9342; Linda Hann, Industry Canada, (416)
952-0468; For more information visit: www.ic.gc.ca/coip-pico

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