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Water System Improvements Slated For Richards Landing

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Water System Improvements Slated For Richards Landing

Provincial Investment Shows Government Is On Northerners' Side

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is funding improvements to the Richards Landing water system that will contribute to better drinking water for the community, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are on the side of northerners. That is why we're improving infrastructure that will enhance the quality of life and economic opportunities in northern communities," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "Upgrading the local water system will provide a safer and more secure supply that will help attract economic activity to the community."

The NOHFC will provide $179,233 for improvements to the local well supply, including installing raw and treated water flow meters and chlorine metering pumps as well as constructing water filtration and ultraviolet disinfection facilities. The upgrades will improve the drinking water quality for 350 households and will help bring the system into compliance with the provincial Drinking Water Systems Regulation.

"Clean water is a basic necessity that must be accessible to everyone in Ontario," said Bartolucci. "Our government is committed to modernizing infrastructure essential to the continued growth and prosperity of our northern communities."

Other ways the McGuinty government is protecting 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 more than $33 million since October 2003 in upgrades to drinking water systems in the North.

•    Developing the Clean Water Act, enabling communities to protect their municipal drinking water supplies through collaborative, locally driven, science-based protection plans.

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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