McDougall benefits from increased investment in water project

    PARRY SOUND, ON, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - Residents of McDougall will benefit from
cleaner, safer drinking water through an increased investment under the
Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program.
    As a result of an increase in eligible project costs to upgrade the
region's water system, the governments of Canada and Ontario are each
contributing up to $1,888,671 to the project. The Municipality of McDougall is
investing the remaining one third of the project's total eligible cost of
    The Municipality of McDougall improved the region's water system by
connecting the Nobel water system to the Parry Sound system. Work included
constructing a new water storage facility, a 3,500-metre water transmission
main and a new booster pumping station. In addition, a 1,140-metre watermain
was replaced and 625 metres of new watermain was installed.
    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 in McDougall. Additional funding for this project is
part of a $5.2 million reallocation of federal COIP funding towards 16 water
projects. This funding matches equivalent contributions to these 16 projects
previously committed by the Government of Ontario. "Green" municipal
infrastructure is a priority for the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program.
    "The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of supporting
essential infrastructure in Ontario communities," said Tony Clement, Minister
responsible for the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program and MP for Parry
Sound-Muskoka. "We are now committing over $1.8 million in this priority
infrastructure initiative in McDougall."
    "Investing in Ontario's infrastructure so that we have safe and healthy
communities is a key commitment of the McGuinty government," said Leona
Dombrowsky, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and MPP
for Prince Edward-Hastings. "On behalf of the province, I am pleased that we
have been able to contribute to this very important project."
    "The Municipality of McDougall undertook this major project to provide
the safeguards of filtration on our water system and to ensure our residents
had a water supply that meets the new Ontario Drinking Water Systems
Regulation," said Dale Robinson, Mayor of the Municipality of McDougall. "We
are thankful that the current federal and provincial governments are
continuing to work with our small rural municipality on fulfilling a funding
commitment that is critical to keeping the water rates at an acceptable
    This is one 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

    For more information visit:

    Project Reference Number: 682-6265

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For further information:

For further information: Dale Robinson, Mayor of the Municipality of
McDougall, (705) 342-5252; Brent Ross, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food
and Rural Affairs, (416) 326-9342; Linda Hann, Industry Canada, (416)

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