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Ontario Helping Municipalities Protect the Great Lakes

McGuinty Government Invests in Water Innovation

Ontario is investing in innovative solutions to help protect Great Lakes water quality.

The Keswick Water Pollution Control Plant is testing an advanced oxidation process to reduce the amount of phosphorus and micropollutants such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products entering Lake Simcoe. Phosphorus is the key pollutant threatening the environmental health of Lake Simcoe.

The Keswick project is part of the Showcasing Water Innovation, a program that supports projects that demonstrate innovative and cost effective approaches to improve drinking water, wastewater treatment, and stormwater systems that can be used by communities across the province.

Finding new ways to improve water quality supports Ontario's proposed Great Lakes Protection Act. Protecting and restoring the Great Lakes is part of the McGuinty government's plan to enhance quality of life for Ontario families and ensure a strong, green economy for future generations.

Quick Facts

  • The government has launched the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund to help communities protect their part of the Great Lakes.
  • Ontario water companies are recognized leaders in ultraviolet disinfection, compact sewage treatment, water information system software and plant design and operation.
  • Water and wastewater is the largest sub-sector of Ontario's environment industry, employing 22,000 people and generating $1.8 billion in sales.
  • More than 80 per cent of Ontarians get their drinking water from the Great Lakes.

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“Ontarians want a healthy, vibrant Great Lakes that are drinkable, swimmable and fishable. By helping communities find innovative wastewater treatment solutions, our government is finding new ways to keep our Great Lakes healthy.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of the Environment

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