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Moonbeau Water Quality Improved

Upgrades To Local Water Treatment Plant Show Government Is On Northerners' Side

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is improving drinking water quality in Moonbeam through upgrades to the local water treatment plant, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government is committed to helping northern communities modernize their infrastructure," said Bartolucci, who is chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).  "We're on the side of northerners.  That's why we're making sure they have access to a reliable supply of drinking water, which provides a better quality of life."

The NOHFC will invest $38,664 in upgrades to the Moonbeam water treatment plant which provides drinking water to 270 households. Numerous improvements include the installation of a stand-by chlorination pump with an automatic switch-over.

"Investments such as this one are providing northern communities with the infrastructure necessary to spur economic growth and prosperity," said Bartolucci. "We are working with northerners to create a stronger, more prosperous North."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

•    A $1.8 billion investment, over five years, in upgraded and expanded highways.

•    Providing $900 million in assistance for the forestry industry.

•    Providing $1,060,000 to the Northeastern Ontario Communications Network to establish broadband Internet service in 22 area communities that will stimulate telehealth, distance education, e-commerce and other new services.

•    Providing the Kapuskasing Economic Development Team with $593,307 to build a 200-kilometre shared-use trail system between Moonbeam and Kapuskasing, which increase tourism opportunities involving snowmobile and all-terrain vehicles.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. The Northern Prosperity Plan has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

Laura Blondeau
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454
Michel Lavoie    
MNDM/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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