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Ontario Improves Water Quality In Machin

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northern Prosperity

KENORA - The McGuinty government is improving water quality in the township of Machin by investing in upgrades to the Vermillion Bay water treatment plant, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.


"We are on the side of northern prosperity. That's why our government is increasing the flow of clean quality drinking water in communities across Northern Ontario," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "Our government understands that clean water is essential to the continued growth and vibrancy of our communities."

The NOHFC is providing $86,731 toward the purchase of equipment and repairs necessary to bring the Vermillion Bay water treatment plant into compliance with Drinking Water Systems Regulation. Improvements include new pumps, piping, processing equipment, controls, electrical equipment, standby power, residue management facilities, monitors, recorders and laboratory equipment. The upgrades will supply clean water to approximately 200 households and businesses.

"Clean water is a basic necessity to which everyone in Ontario deserves immediate and assured access," said Bartolucci. "By improving Machin's water supply, we are increasing the quality of life residents and visitors to the community can enjoy."

Other ways the McGuinty government is investing in communities across the North include:

•    Contributing, with the Government of Canada, up to $298 million to the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF) over five years to improve and renew public infrastructure;

•    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 $1.2 million to upgrade a long-term care facility in Kenora and expand another in Dryden.
These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan. It 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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