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Drinking Water To Improve In Opasatika

NOHFC Upgrade To Local Water Supply Shows Government Is On Northerners' Side

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is improving the quality of drinking water for residents in Opasatika by increasing its contribution to ongoing system improvements, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are on the side of northerners. That is why we're ensuring families have access to a safe and reliable source of drinking water," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).  "Our government is committed to improving infrastructure that will enhance the quality of life and economic opportunities in northern communities."

The NOHFC will fund an additional $3,217 in improvements to the Opasatika well supply, bringing the government's contribution to nearly $21,000. Work includes installing a stand-by chlorine solution tank and chemical metering pumps. The upgrades will help bring the system into compliance with the provincial Drinking Water Systems Regulation and will improve the drinking water quality for 113 households.

"Investments such as this one are important for the well-being of our northern communities," said Bartolucci. "We are working closely with northerners to create a stronger, more prosperous North."
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 $30,923,405 to date 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
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454
Michel Lavoie   
MNDM/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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