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McGuinty Government Helps Safeguard Hearst Drinking Water

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McGuinty Government Helps Safeguard Hearst Drinking Water

TORONTO - The McGuinty government is ensuring clean, safe drinking water for the Town of Hearst by helping to upgrade the local water treatment plant, Northern Development and Mines Minister and Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) Chair Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"This investment ensures Hearst residents can continue to have access to a clean, safe and reliable drinking water supply," said Bartolucci. "Our commitment to delivering real, positive change includes investing in community priorities that will encourage investment and attract jobs to the North to improve the quality of life for all northerners."

The investment of $171,905 has helped upgrade the Hearst water treatment plant and ensure it complies with the provincial Drinking Water Systems Regulation. The project included installing a discharge pipe on the in-ground reservoir, relocating the chlorine analyzer and making other equipment upgrades.

"Our government knows that smaller northern communities are concerned about the cost of securing their drinking water supply," Bartolucci said. "By extending the NOHFC's Drinking Water Protection Program to the end of 2005, we are making it possible for eligible communities to provide the safe drinking water needed to support a strong and prosperous economy."

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.

"A renewed NOHFC is an essential part of the government's commitment to delivering a four-year plan for positive change across Northern Ontario," Bartolucci concluded.

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