Kingston's Wastewater Treatment Plant Set To Expand
Ontario Invests In State-Of-The-Art Technology To Protect Water Quality
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty helped break ground today on the expansion of a wastewater treatment plant that will protect the health of Ontario families and help improve the quality of the environment.
"Investing in public infrastructure helps build healthy, strong communities for today and manage growth for the future," said Premier McGuinty. "The upgrades to Kingston's wastewater treatment plant will help ensure Ontario families have a healthier environment in which to raise their children."
The expansion of the Ravensview Water Pollution Control Plant is the largest single capital project by the City of Kingston in its history. State-of-the-art filters at the expanded plant will improve wastewater treatment. The addition of new facilities will increase the plant's capacity to manage waste. And upgrades to existing buildings and operations will help improve the plant's performance.
Ontario's $25 million grant, which is being used for the project, is part of the McGuinty government's $30-billion ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment plan. The Government of Canada has contributed $25 million. The City of Kingston will fund the balance of the estimated $115-million project.
"Together with Ontario municipalities, we're renewing critical public infrastructure," said David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal. "Ontario's support of this project shows that we're committed to ensuring clean, safe water for all Ontarians."
"The expansion of the Ravensview Plant is great news for the people of Kingston," said John Gerretsen, MPP for Kingston and the Islands. "The new plant will meet the needs of our growing community and protect the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin."
Investing in the City of Kingston to help with the expansion of a wastewater treatment plant is the latest example of how the McGuinty government is working on the side of Ontario families to protect their health and the environment.
Other initiatives include:
- Hiring 33 new inspectors, investigators and other compliance staff to increase water inspections and protect Ontario's water supply
- Bringing forward environmental penalties legislation to make polluters pay for spills
- Closing down the coal-fired Lakeview Generating Station -- the equivalent of removing 500,000 cars from our roads.
"We're investing in public infrastructure to make sure it meets the needs of Ontario's growing and vibrant communities," said Premier McGuinty. "It's all part of our commitment to improving the quality of life for all Ontario families."