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Rossport Drinking Water To Be Protected

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Rossport Drinking Water To Be Protected

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

THUNDER BAY - The Ontario government is giving residents of Rossport access to clean, safe drinking water by investing in upgrades to the local water treatment plant, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government realizes the importance of ensuring small northern communities have access to a safe drinking water supply," said Bartolucci.  "Our investment will help improve the quality of life for the residents of Rossport and help the community attract new economic development opportunities."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $68,201 to the Rossport Local Services Board for upgrades to the local water treatment plant, including the installation of a chemically assisted filtration and a continuous disinfection system as well as a continuous turbidity analyzer.  This project will help the community comply with the Drinking Water Systems Regulation and will improve the drinking water quality for approximately 45 households.

"I am very pleased that the NOHFC could support this local priority for the people of Rossport," said Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle.  "This initiative will improve the community's water quality and lessen the burden on the area ratepayers."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

•    Assistance of $900 million to the forestry industry.

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

•    Opening the first Northern Ontario School of Medicine, to train doctors in the North, so they will practice in the North.

These projects 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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