McGuinty Government Helps Improve Water Quality In Johnson
TORONTO - The McGuinty government is ensuring residents in the Township of Johnson have a safe drinking water supply by investing $25,481 in upgrades to the local 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 and NOHFC Chair Rick Bartolucci.
"Across the North, small communities are doing their best to provide safe drinking water for their residents," said Brown. "I am pleased that the Heritage Fund is able to help the people of Johnson meet these needs."
The Township of Johnson's water treatment plant will be upgraded to comply with the Drinking Water Systems Regulation. Work will include improving filtration and chlorination systems and upgrading the standby power supply.
"Our government recognizes the importance of safe drinking water and has extended the NOHFC's Drinking Water Protection Program to the end of 2005, enabling eligible communities to access this assistance," added Bartolucci. "By working to protect and improve drinking water, we can help strengthen this community's economic development potential."
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 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