Investment in water infrastructure benefits the Township of Black River-Matheson

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Investment in water infrastructure benefits the Township of Black River-Matheson

Ministry of Infrastructure

MATHESON, ON, April 8 - Residents of the Township of Black River- Matheson will benefit from cleaner, safer drinking water through an investment under the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program. Joe Comuzzi, Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario) and Minister responsible for the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Programs; David Ramsay, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources; and Gilbert Hebert, Reeve of the Township of Black River-Matheson, made the announcement today. The Township of Black River-Matheson will upgrade five water works systems, which will improve the drinking water quality for 629 households. Upgrades at the Holtyre Well Supply include the installation of a chlorine contact tank, flow-measuring devices and a treated water turbidity analyzer and recorder. Additionally, sodium hypochlorite flow pacing will be provided and Well PW-2 will be abandoned. At the Matheson Water Treatment Plant, improvements include the relocation of the existing chlorine residual analyzer and recorder to the reservoir, the provision of well-head protection for wells 1 through 4, and the installation of a reservoir vent, flow-measuring devices and a treated water turbidity meter and recorder. At the Ramore Well Supply, upgrades include the provision of additional chlorine contact time and spill containment for chemicals, the upgrading and modification of wells, and the installation of chlorine and turbidity analyzers and flow-measuring devices. Improvements to the Val Gagne Well Supply include the installation of a chlorine contact tank, flow-measuring devices, a treated water free chlorine analyzer and a turbidity analyzer, with recorders. Other upgrades include the provision of a second sodium hypochlorite solution tank, spill containment, well-head protection and shutdown of the well pump in the event of malfunction, the replacement of the reservoir access cover, and the removal of the chlorine contact chamber bypass connection. Finally, the Township will decommission one of the Val Gagne South wells and connect the remaining well to the Val Gagne Water Treatment Plant. 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 Black River-Matheson. "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 $186,322 to this project. The Township of Black River- Matheson will invest the balance of the project's total eligible cost of $558,967. "Clean drinking water is the foundation for a safe and competitive community," said Minister of State Comuzzi. "The federal government, through the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program, is pleased to support this important project that will improve the overall quality of life for the residents of the Township of Black River-Matheson." The Government of Canada's funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework, added Minister of State Comuzzi. "Our government understands that the strength of the province depends on the strength of all our northern and rural communities," Minister Ramsay said. "Today's investment is an important part of the McGuinty government's plan for rural and northern Ontario and will improve the quality of life for residents in this community." "This is excellent news for the Township of Black River-Matheson," said Mr. Hebert. "We welcome this opportunity to work with the federal and provincial governments to upgrade the community's vital water infrastructure." 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: 393-6082 Ce communiqué est aussi disponible en français.For further information: Gilbert Hebert, Reeve of the Township of Black River-Matheson, (705) 273-2313; Peggy Stewart, Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4827; Sam Boonstra, Industry Canada, (416) 952-0468