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McGuinty Government Acts To Improve Drinking Water Safety In West Nipissing

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McGuinty Government Acts To Improve Drinking Water Safety In West Nipissing

WEST NIPISSING - The McGuinty government is improving the quality of life in West Nipissing by investing $186,244 to upgrade water treatment plants in Sturgeon Falls and Verner, and ensure a safe drinking water supply.

Funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) was announced today by local MPP and Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay, on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister and NOHFC Chair Rick Bartolucci.

"Just two weeks ago, the McGuinty government gave this community's economic diversification efforts a significant boost by investing $4.5 million in the acquisition of the Weyerhaeuser power plant," said Ramsay. "Today, through investments targeted at upgrading local water infrastructure, we are continuing to help position West Nipissing for future economic growth and prosperity."

The Sturgeon Falls and Verner water treatment plants will be upgraded to ensure compliance with the provincial Drinking Water Systems Regulation. Improvements in Sturgeon Falls will include a new metering pump, increased filtering capabilities, new turbidimeters and chlorine residual analyzers. Upgrades in Verner will include new ultra violet units to better manage chlorine content, a diesel generator to provide reliable standby power, metering pumps, enhancements to containment and venting systems, and enhanced storage, instrumentation and control systems.

"Improved municipal infrastructure increases opportunities to attract new investment, new business and new jobs to West Nipissing," added Bartolucci. "By working to protect and improve drinking water, we are investing in the long-term economic future of northern communities."

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 Northern Ontario.

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