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Blind River Water System Improvements On Tap

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is improving access to clean drinking water in the Town of Blind River by investing in upgrades to the town's water supply system, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are on the side of northerners," said Bartolucci who is also chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "Through our continued support of this project we are helping the Town of Blind River build a better future for residents and visitors for years to come."

The NOHFC is contributing an additional $1,167,514 toward upgrades that will bring the Blind River well supply into compliance with the Ontario Drinking Water Systems Regulation. The upgrades include construction of a water treatment plant with chemically assisted filtration, sedimentation and disinfection, spill containment for all chemical tanks and the installation of chlorine, fluoride and turbidity analysers. Today's investment complements a previous investment of $1,172,519 made in November 2004, bringing the  total project contribution to more than $2.3 million.

"These investments highlight our government's unwavering commitment to helping communities in Ontario gain access to a clean, reliable water source," said Bartolucci. "Clean tap water is the foundation upon which healthier and prosperous northern communities are built."

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

•    Investing more than $32 million in upgrades to drinking water systems in the North

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

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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