Government of Canada supports clean water in Woolwich

    WOOLWICH, ON, Feb. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Harold Albrecht, Member of
Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, 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 the
township of Woolwich as a priority for up to $600,000 in federal
infrastructure funding.
    The federal contribution would be up to one-third of total eligible
costs. The total estimated cost of the project is $1.8 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 Albrecht. "Supporting the
replacement of watermains is one of the ways we will deliver results in this
priority area."
    "It's great to see Harold and the federal government step up to the
plate," said William Strauss, Mayor of the Township of Woolwich. "This
watermain project is badly needed and it's great to finally get the funding."
    The project involves the replacement of existing watermains with a new
PVC system that will conform to current design standards. Replacing this
ageing infrastructure will improve the water quality and capabilities of the
water supply system.
    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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