Clean water source for Exeter and Hensall residents

    GRAND BEND, ON, June 1 /CNW/ - More than 5,000 residents of the Town of
Exeter and the Village of Hensall in the municipalities of South Huron and
Bluewater will have a safe and reliable source of clean drinking water thanks
to a pipeline project that will bring their water supply from the water
treatment plant in Grand Bend.
    Representatives from both municipalities were on hand at the Lake Huron
Water Treatment Plant on Friday morning to celebrate the construction of a
26 km pipeline from the treatment plant to Exeter and then north to Hensall.
    "We are fortunate to have an abundance of fresh water in our backyard,"
said South Huron Mayor Ken Oke. "The Great Lakes hold 20 per cent of the
world's fresh water supply and now our communities will have access to safe,
clean and reliable drinking water."
    The $19 million infrastructure project also includes the construction of
a reservoir and a booster pumping station. The governments of Canada and
Ontario will share in the total cost of the project through the Canada Ontario
Infrastructure Program (COIP).
    "I'll sleep better at night knowing that the people we serve can count on
the quality of their drinking water," said Bill Dowson, Mayor of Bluewater.
"This project was a long time coming but it will be worth the wait."
    The Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System (LHPWSS) will oversee the
design, construction and operation of the pipeline project which is expected
to be completed by the end of 2007.
    "Our water treatment facility was designed to supply safe, clean and
reliable drinking water to thousands of homes and businesses in this region of
Southwestern Ontario," said Jim Fergusson, Chair, Lake Huron Primary Water
Supply System. "It's always a time of celebration when more communities are
brought on board and have access to our safe, clean drinking water."

For further information:

For further information: Andrew Henry, Manager, Regional Water Supply,
(519) 661-2500 ext. 1355,

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