Investment in water infrastructure benefits the Township of Hamilton

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Investment in water infrastructure benefits the Township of Hamilton

Ministry of Infrastructure

COBOURG, ON, Feb. 18 - Residents of the Township of Hamilton will benefit from cleaner, safer drinking water through an investment under the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program. Paul Macklin, MP for Northumberland- Quinte West; Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland; and Forrest Rowden, Mayor of the Township of Hamilton, made the announcement today. The Township of Hamilton will upgrade the Camborne and Creighton Heights well supplies, which will improve the drinking water quality for 583 households. Improvements at the Camborne Well Supply will include constructing a chlorine contact facility, installing chlorine analyzers and turbidity sampling taps, upgrading the sodium hypochlorite system, rehabilitating the wells and modifying the pumps to control the turbidity levels. Upgrades at the Creighton Heights Well Supply include constructing a chlorine contact facility and treatment works, upgrading the chemical storage system, and providing spill containment. 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 the Township of Hamilton. "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 $836,934 to this project. The Towns hip of Hamilton will invest the balance of the project's total eligible cost of $2,510,801. "Safe drinking water and reliable water treatment facilities are foundations for a sustainable community," said Mr. Macklin. "This Canada- Ontario Infrastructure Program funding helps ensure that our communities have the vital infrastructure in place so they can continue to thrive and grow." The Government of Canada 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 essential infrastructure is an important part of the McGuinty government's rural plan, which charts out a course of action incorporating the voice and perspective of rural Ontarians," said Mr. Rinaldi. "We know that Ontario's strength is our people and we are working with the people of rural Ontario to build strong communities, a strong economy and a healthy environment." "We are excited to partner with the federal and provincial governments," said Mr. Rowden. "This investment gives our residents the peace of mind that we are committed to making our community's water clean and safe." 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: 575-6168 Ce communiqué est aussi disponible en français.For further information: Contacts: Forrest Rowden, Mayor of the Township of Hamilton, (905) 342-2810; Peggy Stewart, Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4827; Sam Boonstra, Industry Canada, (416) 952-0468