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Better Water Quality In Kirkland Lake

NOHFC Supports Local Upgrades

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is improving the quality and accessibility of drinking water for families in Kirkland Lake, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are on the side of northerners.  That's why we're investing in local drinking water to give northern families a safe and clean supply when they turn on the water taps," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "Our government is committed to investing in upgrades to infrastructure that improve the quality of life in our northern communities."

The NOHFC is providing $7,522 to upgrade the water treatment plant by installing a continuous chlorine analyzer with a service connection to analyze waste water. These upgrades will help bring the system into compliance with provincial Drinking Water Systems Regulation standards.

"Clean drinking water is a fundamental part of maintaining the health and well-being of families in every community in Ontario," said Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP David Ramsay. "By improving the quality of water in this community we are investing in a healthier future for everyone in Kirkland Lake."

Other ways the McGuinty government is improving access to quality drinking water in the North include:

•    Hiring 33 new full-time water inspectors, investigators and other compliance staff province-wide to improve monitoring of water quality issues in our communities

•    Investing to-date $30,905,365 through the NOHFC in water system upgrades across Northern Ontario.

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
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454
Michel Lavoie
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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