McGuinty Government Invests In Safe Drinking Water For Sioux Lookout
TORONTO - The McGuinty government is ensuring residents of Sioux Lookout and Hudson have access to clean, safe drinking water by investing $554,436 in upgrades to the local water treatment plants, Northern Development and Mines Minister and Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) Chair Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"Across the North, smaller communities continue to struggle to meet their residents' basic needs," said Bartolucci. "It is rewarding to see the real impact that our funding can have and to make a difference in people's day to day quality of life."
The Sioux Lookout and Hudson water treatment plants will be upgraded to comply with the Drinking Water Systems Regulation. Work will include the construction of a new facility to house chemically assisted water filtration and disinfection facilities for Hudson, and the provision of a fully automated membrane integrity test system for Sioux Lookout. When completed, this work will allow for the lifting of the boil water advisory in Hudson, which has been in place since 2002.
"Our government recognizes the importance of safe drinking water," added Bartolucci. "That's why we have extended the NOHFC's Drinking Water Protection Program to the end of 2005, enabling eligible communities to apply for this assistance."
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 job growth. It is an essential part of the government's commitment to delivering a four-year plan for positive change across Northern Ontario.