North Perth benefits from increased investment in water project

    LISTOWEL, ON, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - Residents of North Perth will benefit from
cleaner and safer drinking water thanks to an increased investment under the
Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program. Gary Schellenberger, MP for
Perth-Wellington, John Wilkinson, MPP for Perth-Wellington; and Ed Hollinger,
Mayor of the Municipality of North Perth, made the announcement today.
    As a result of an increase in eligible project costs for upgrading four
North Perth well supplies, the governments of Canada and Ontario are each
contributing up to $747,933 to the project. This represents a total
federal-provincial increase of $186,448. The Municipality of North Perth will
invest the balance of the project's total eligible cost of $2,243,800.
    Improvements to the Gowanstown and Listowel well supplies included the
installation of upgraded treatment and monitoring equipment, and construction
of chlorine contact facilities. In the Village of Atwood, the Bowman Court and
Smith well supplies were decommissioned and the affected households were
connected to the Danbrook Water System.
    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 for this important
local water project," said MP Schellenberger. "Green municipal infrastructure
projects produce positive results that will benefit residents of today and
    "As part of the McGuinty government's ongoing commitment to support rural
communities, I'm pleased to see that well supply systems throughout North
Perth are being upgraded," said MPP Wilkinson. "These rural infrastructure
projects are yet another example that we are working together to strengthen
and make rural Ontario more prosperous."
    "Senior levels of government have supported our Atwood water project; now
we need to protect the water source," said Mayor Hollinger. "Water users of
Gowanstown, Listowel and Atwood will receive the benefits of this funding 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.

    For more information visit:
    Project Reference Number: 721-6290

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For further information:

For further information: Ed Hollinger, Mayor of the Municipality of
North Perth, (519) 291-2950; Brent Ross, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food
and Rural Affairs, (416) 326-9342; Kerri Dunning, Industry Canada, (416)

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