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Tehkummah 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 the Township of Tehkummah 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 $14,419 in upgrades to the South Baymouth water treatment plant which provides drinking water to 58 households in Tehkummah. Improvements include the installation of a stand-by chlorination pump with an automatic switch-over and an isolation valve for the wet well.

"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 $1,473,915 to the Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands to complete the first phase of a marine and waterfront tourist facilities redevelopment project in Little Current.

•    Investing $80,000 to test technology that will expand fish farming opportunities and create new jobs in Manitoulin's fish farming industry,

•    Investing $50,000 in community economic development plans for Sheshegwaning, Sheguiandah, M'Chigeeng, Aundeck Omni Kaning, Whitefish River and Zhiibaahaasing.  

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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