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West Nipissing Drinking Water To Be Protected

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is giving residents of West Nipissing access to clean, safe drinking water by investing in upgrades to two local water treatment plants, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government is on the side of northerners.  That's why we are committed to improving the quality of life of all northerners and to helping ensure access to a safe drinking water supply," said Bartolucci, who chairs the NOHFC.  "We are working with northern communities to build modern and reliable local infrastructure."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing an additional $151,800 to the Municipality of West Nipissing for upgrades to the Sturgeon Falls and Verner water treatment plants.  Improvements at the two facilities include the installation of ultra violet units, upgrading the instrumentation and control systems as well as the acquisition of a diesel generator to provide reliable standby power at the Verner operation.  

"Through investments targeting community infrastructure improvements, the McGuinty government is building the foundation for economic growth and prosperity in the West Nipissing area," said Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP and Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay.  "Many small northern communities could not upgrade their water treatment plants without the support of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

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

•    Investing $6.7 million in student bursaries at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to train doctors for the North

•    Providing $186,244 for upgrades to the Sturgeon Falls and Verner water treatment plants.

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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