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Province Helps Improve Fort Frances Water Quality

McGuinty Government On The Side of Northerners

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is improving the quality of drinking water for residents of the Town of Fort Frances with an investment from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are on the side of northerners. That's why we are helping the community of Fort Frances ensure the delivery of clean, quality drinking water to its residents," said Bartolucci. "Reliable infrastructure is the foundation upon which strong communities are built."

The NOHFC is providing the Town of Fort Frances with additional funding in the amount of $1,389 toward upgrades that are bringing the town's water treatment plant into compliance with the Drinking Water Systems Regulation. The work includes construction of secondary containment facilities for soda ash, polymer, calcium hypochloride and diesel fuel. Initial funding of $6,991 from the NOHFC was announced in 2004. The project will result in improved drinking water quality for approximately 3,800 households.

"Clean water is an essential service northerners deserve to expect," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the NOHFC. "Renewing safe, reliable infrastructure is one way we are demonstrating our commitment to the future prosperity of communities in Northern Ontario."

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

•    Investing more than $33 million in upgrades to drinking water systems in the North since October 2003
•    Hiring 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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