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Province Helps Mattice-Val Côté Safeguard Drinking Water

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Province Helps Mattice-Val Côté Safeguard Drinking Water

Additional Funds Announced For Water Treatment Plant Upgrade

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is helping ensure safe drinking water in the Township of Mattice-Val Côté, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Ontario's abundant freshwater is a precious resource," said Bartolucci. "Our government is committed to safeguarding the environment and public health by helping communities provide their residents with clean drinking water."

The Township of Mattice-Val Côté will receive an additional $111,477 from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) toward the final cost of upgrading its water treatment plant. The upgrade will improve the drinking water for 214 households and comply with the Drinking Water Systems Regulation. A boil water advisory that had been in effect since April 2001 was removed shortly after the new system, supported by a provincial investment of $492,061, was installed in March 2005.

"Our government recognizes that infrastructure development is key to encouraging the North's economy," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC.  "We're proud to be partners in this work with communities like Mattice-Val Côté."

Other ways in which the McGuinty government is helping northern communities protect their drinking water include:

•    Investing $33,780,631 in upgrades to drinking water systems in the North since October 2003, through the NOHFC

•    Passing the Clean Water Act in October 2006 to better protect water sources

•    Making an initial $7 million available to help farmers and small rural businesses take early action to protect drinking water.

Today's announcement is 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
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454   

Michel Lavoie   
MNDM/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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