Investment in water infrastructure benefits the County of Prince Edward

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Investment in water infrastructure benefits the County of Prince Edward

Ministry of Infrastructure

PICTON, ON, Feb. 18 - Residents of the County of Prince Edward will benefit from cleaner, safer drinking water through an investment under the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program. Paul Macklin, MP for Northumberland- Quinte West; Ernie Parsons, MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings; and Leo P. Finnegan, Mayor of the County of Prince Edward, made the announcement today. The County of Prince Edward will upgrade four well supply systems, which will improve the drinking water quality for 3,169 households. Upgrades at the Ameliasburg Water Treatment Plant will include the installation of a chlorine contact tank, standby chemical storage tank and standby backwash pump. Upgrades at the Peats Point Well Supply will include the installation of a second well, chlorine analyzers and contact tank, a chemical feed system and a well level monitoring system. Upgrades at the Picton Water Treatment Plant will include the installation of four new chlorine analyzers, a backflow preventor, a backwash water flow meter and turbidity analyzers, an additional opening in the sediment tank, relocation of the activated carbon feed line, as well as improvements to the Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition system. Upgrades at the Wellington Water Treatment Plant will include the installation of turbidity meters for each filter and relocation of sampling lines. The upgrades are required to bring the municipal water system into compliance with the Ontario Drinking Water Systems Regulation and improve the overall quality of life for residents in Prince Edward County. "Green" municipal infrastructure is a top priority for the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program. The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario will each contribute up to $373,726 to this project. The County of Prince Edward will invest the balance of the project's total eligible cost of $1,121,177. "Reliable water infrastructure paves the way to an improved quality of life for local residents," said Mr. Macklin. "I am pleased to announce this investment, which demonstrates the Government of Canada's continued commitment to helping our communities become cleaner, safer and more competitive." The Government of Canada's funding for this initiative was provided for in the March 2004 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework, added Mr. Macklin. "Upgrading water infrastructure is important to Ontario's rural communities, and an important part of Ontario's rural plan," said Mr. Parsons. "Our government believes that every person should have access to safe, clean drinking water because we recognize that our greatest strength is our people - and our people's health is vital to the future success of our province." "The County of Prince Edward welcomes today's announcement," said Mr. Finnegan. "This project is a priority for our community, and we look forward to working with our federal and provincial partners to bring these upgrades to fruition." 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 Ontario. A large number of these projects will ensure municipalities can supply residents with clean, safe drinking water. For more information visit: www.ic.gc.ca/coip-pico or www.pir.gov.on.ca Project Reference Number: 552-6154 Ce communiqué est aussi disponible en français.For further information: Contacts: Leo P. Finnegan, Mayor of the County of Prince Edward, (613) 476-2148; Peggy Stewart, Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4827; Sam Boonstra, Industry Canada, (416) 952-0468