Residents of the Municipality of Grey Highlands will benefit from cleaner, safer drinking water through an investment under the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program. The Honorable Andy Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food; John Gerretsen, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and Brian Mullin, Mayor of the Municipality of Grey Highlands, made the announcement today.
The Municipality of Grey Highlands is upgrading three water works systems to improve the drinking water quality for 907 households. Upgrades include construction of two wells at the Markdale Well Supply and a pumphouse at Eliza Street. Improvements at the Isla Street pumphouse include installation of chlorine residual and turbidity analyzers, metering pumps, ultraviolet disinfection equipment, new submersible pumps and a portable standby power unit.
Upgrades for the Terra Drive pumphouse also include chlorine residual and turbidity analyzers and meters. The Kimberley-Amik-Talisman Well Supply is being equipped with a standby inline mechanical mixer, piping, turbidity analyzers and alarms and SCADA monitoring system. The Feversham-Beaver Heights water works system improvements include a standby sodium hypochloride tank, spill containment and alarmed online turbidity meters. The Feversham-Beaver Heights wells are being decommissioned and the pumphouse demolished.
The upgrades are required to bring the municipal water system into compliance with the Ontario Drinking Water Systems Regulation and improve the quality of life for residents in the Municipality of Grey Highlands. "Green" municipal infrastructure is a top priority for the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program.
The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario will each contribute up to $1,064,642 to this project. The Municipality of Grey Highlands will invest the balance of the project's total eligible cost of $3,193,927. The Government of Canada's investment is contingent on the successful completion of an environmental assessment of the proposed project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
"Building dynamic, competitive communities starts with ensuring the vital infrastructure is in place," said Minister Mitchell. "This important investment in upgraded water works will ensure Grey Highlands residents maintain a safe and sustainable system." The Government of Canada's funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework, added Minister Mitchell.
"These important upgrades to the water works systems in the Municipality of Grey Highlands are proof that the Ontario government is standing by its promise to safeguard public health by protecting our drinking water," said Minister Gerretsen. "Ontario's success depends on building strong communities and a healthy environment in Ontario, and we are proud to participate in a project that will improve the quality of life for residents in this community."
"This is an important announcement for our community," said Mr. Mullin "On behalf of Grey Highlands residents, I would like to thank our federal and provincial partners for making this infrastructure priority a reality."
This is one of a series of matching federal and provincial investments to help municipalities protect the health and safety of their residents through essential infrastructure projects, totaling more than $1.3 billion to date in Ontario. A large number of these projects will ensure municipalities can supply residents with clean, safe drinking water.