Investment in water infrastructure benefits the Local Services Board of Rossport

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Investment in water infrastructure benefits the Local Services Board of Rossport

Ministry of Infrastructure

ROSSPORT, ON, Sept. 14 - Residents of Rossport will benefit from cleaner, safer drinking water through an investment under the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program. The Honourable Joe Comuzzi, MP for Thunder Bay- Superior North; Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North; and Joe Campbell, Chairman of the Rossport Local Services Board, made the announcement today. The Local Services Board of Rossport will upgrade the Rossport Water Treatment Plant, which will improve the drinking water quality for 45 households. Upgrades will include installation of chemically assisted filtration, a continuous disinfection system, chlorine and turbidity analyzers, and chart recorders. The project also includes construction of chemical containment curbs, modification of the exhaust system for the generator, and provision of a backflow preventer on the treated water line. The upgrades are required to bring the municipal water system into compliance with the Ontario Drinking Water Systems Regulation and improve the quality of life for residents of Rossport. "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 $607,289 to this project. The Local Services Board of Rossport will invest the balance of the project's total eligible cost of $1,349,530. "It is with great pleasure that I announce this investment to upgrade the Rossport Water Treatment Plant," said Mr. Comuzzi. "The Government of Canada is committed to helping northern communities develop the tools they need to thrive and prosper." 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 Mr. Comuzzi. "Upgrades to the Rossport Water Treatment Plant show how the Ontario government is standing by its promise to safeguard public health by protecting our drinking water," said Mr. Gravelle. "We are proud to participate in a project that will improve the quality of life for residents in this area." "Our town residents and the Local Services Board are very happy that the funding will be provided to upgrade the water treatment plant for Rossport," said Mr. Campbell. 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 almost $1.3 billion to date in Ontario. A large number of these projects will ensure municipalities can supply residents with clean, safe drinking water. Ce communiqué est aussi disponible en français.For further information: Joe Campbell, Chairman of the Local Services Board of Rossport, (807) 824-1477; Peggy Stewart, Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4827; Kerri Dunning, Industry Canada, (416) 952-0457; For more information visit: www.ic.gc.ca/coip-pico or www.pir.gov.on.ca; Project Reference Number: 436-6108