Government of Canada supports clean water in town of Lasalle

    LASALLE, ON, Feb. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament for
Essex, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the Government of Canada will
consider the replacement of watermains in LaSalle as a priority for up to
$2.69 million in federal infrastructure funding.
    The federal contribution would be up to one-third of total eligible
costs. The total estimated cost of project is $8.07 million.
    "Maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment is directly related to
the health and prosperity of communities and their residents, and is a
priority for the Government of Canada," said MP Watson. "Supporting the
replacement of these watermains is one of the ways we will deliver results in
this priority area."
    "Parts of our water distribution system date back to the early 1900s
consequently we have some aging components that are prone to breaking," said
Gary Baxter, Mayor of LaSalle. "This funding will result in our ability to
deliver water more safely and efficiently to our residents in the southwest
quadrant. This is great news for LaSalle!"
    The project consists of the replacement of watermains in the southwest
quadrant of LaSalle. These upgrades will improve water distribution and
eliminate health issues related to the growth of bacteria inside the
watermains. The upgrades will also minimize contamination resulting from
frequent watermain breaks.
    Funding for this project comes from the $200 million announced in
February 2007 to top up the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF)
nation-wide. The Government of Canada is directing $64 million in funding to
existing clean water applications under MRIF in Ontario.

    Federal financial support for the project is conditional on the
initiative meeting all applicable eligibility requirements and other program
criteria to be approved by Treasury Board, a federal review of the project,
the successful completion of an environmental assessment, assurance by the
municipality that the remaining project costs have been fully financed and
accounted for, and the signing of a contribution agreement for the project
detailing the project elements and any other federal requirements.

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For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700;
Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148

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