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Province Improves White River Water Supply

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Province Improves White River Water Supply

Water Treatment Plant Benefits From Additional Investment

SUDBURY- The McGuinty government is providing additional funding to complete water treatment plant upgrades in White River, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are pleased to support improvements to drinking water systems in Northern Ontario," said Bartolucci. "These upgrades will ensure residents and families of White River have access to clean, safe drinking water."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) will provide an additional $560,809 to upgrade the White River Water Works water treatment plant to bring it into compliance with the Drinking Water Systems Regulation. The project includes costs associated with upgrading a water treatment facility and will improve water quality to approximately 460 households. The NOHFC previously invested $701,011 in this project.

"The new water treatment plant will have a direct benefit to the local economy by promoting growth and economic development in the community," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the NOHFC. "This is just one way we are demonstrating our commitment to ensuring a prosperous future for the North."

This initiative is just one way the Ontario government is helping northerners. Others include:

•    Opening the first Northern Ontario School of Medicine, to help alleviate the doctor shortage

•    Helping northern communities attract and retain investment through the GO North Investor Program

•    Investing in new private sector job creation through the Northern Ontario Grow Bonds Loan Program.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. 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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