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McGuinty Government Enhances Echo Bay Drinking Water Safety

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McGuinty Government Enhances Echo Bay Drinking Water Safety

TORONTO - The McGuinty government is delivering positive change by improving drinking water in Echo Bay with an investment of $8,478 to upgrade the community's water treatment plant.

Funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) was announced today by Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Mike Brown on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.

"I am pleased this NOHFC investment is helping to improve quality of life and ensure continued access to a safe, reliable drinking water supply," said Brown. "Sound water infrastructure is critical to attracting investment and tourism to Northern Ontario communities."

The provincial investment supports upgrades to the MacDonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional Township water treatment plant. These have ensured the plant complies with the Drinking Water Systems Regulation. The system services approximately 500 residents.

"Our government recognizes the importance of safe drinking water and has ensured that Heritage Fund assistance is available to communities that need it," added Bartolucci. "I am pleased that the Heritage Fund could respond by extending the application deadline of its Drinking Water Protection Program to the end of 2005."

The McGuinty government is returning the Fund to its original mandate of fostering private sector job creation. The NOHFC is working in partnership with the private sector and other levels of government to diversify and grow the northern economy and stimulate jobs. It is a vital part of the government's commitment to delivering a four-year plan for positive change across the North.

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