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Province Improves McDougall Water Supply

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Province Improves McDougall Water Supply

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is improving access to clean drinking water in the Parry Sound area by helping the Municipality of McDougall connect its water supply to the Parry Sound water treatment plant, Minister of Northern Development and Mines Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"With this investment we are helping to ensure that people who live and vacation in the Parry Sound area have access to a safe and reliable water source," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "Clean, quality drinking water systems are a fundamental part of the infrastructure upon which successful northern communities are built."

The NOHFC is providing additional funding in the amount of $205,398 toward upgrades that are bringing the municipal water system in McDougall into compliance with the provincial Drinking Water Systems Regulation. When completed the project will connect the 235 households in McDougall to Parry Sound's water treatment plant and include a new water main, a new re-chlorination facility and many other improvements. This additional funding brings the total NOHFC investment to $946,892.

"The Nobel water system upgrade will ensure that the residents of Nobel have a safe and reliable source of drinking water," said Mayor of McDougall Township Dale Robinson. "This project demonstrates the efficiencies that can be obtained when two municipalities partner with the provincial government."

"Today we can truly celebrate the benefits this project will bring Parry Sound and its neighbouring communities," said Parry Sound Mayor Ted Knight. "It is through such a collaborative effort, and with the help of the NOHFC, that we are increasing the vitality of the Parry Sound area and laying a foundation for future economic growth."

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

•    Investing $164,443 through the NOHFC to upgrade the Parry Sound Area Industrial Park's water system to meet the requirements of the Drinking Water Systems Regulation

•    Investing over $33 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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