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Wastewater and stormwater infrastructure upgrades slated for Ontario communities

Wastewater and stormwater infrastructure upgrades slated for Ontario communities
OTTAWA — The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing in local water infrastructure in communities across country to ensure Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services.

Eighteen new projects in Ottawa have been approved under the Government of Canada's Clean Water and Waste Water Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects — $30.2 million. The provincial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for these projects — $15.1 million, and the recipient will provide the balance of funding.

Thanks to the investment, residents of Ottawa will benefit from projects like a new stormwater management and snow disposal facility on West Brook Drive, upgrades to the Robert O. Pickard Environment Center Thickening and Dewatering Building and a project to construct sanitary sewers and watermains in the Vanier area.

According to a release issued May 23 by Infrastructure Canada, the investments safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect waterways and preserve local ecosystems, while also laying the foundation for new economic opportunities to strengthen the middle class across the province.

The Region of Peel will benefit from stormwater infrastructure upgrades thanks to the funding from the federal and provincial governments.

Thirty new projects in Peel have been approved under the Clean Water and Waste Water Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects—over $69 million. The provincial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for these projects—over $34 million, and the region will provide the balance of funding.

The investment will be put towards a number of sewage pumping stations being rehabilitated or replaced, as well as equipment at several water pollution control plants being replaced.

"Unfortunately, all too often this specific element of infrastructure investment — that we highlight today — receives attention when something goes wrong," said Frank Dale, regional chair and CEO for the Region of Peel in a statement.

"However, that is not the case in this circumstance. Today's announcement outlining the investments that will be made in the rehabilitation and replacement of clean water equipment and facilities here at Lakeview, as well as the commencement of new wastewater projects, will ensure that our residents continue to benefit from efficient access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water."

A new project in Peterborough has also been approved under the Clean Water and Waste Water Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for this project—over $2.6 million. The provincial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for this project—just over $1.3 million of total eligible costs, and the City of Peterborough will provide the balance of funding.

Peterborough will put the investment towards modifications and improvements to the Peterborough Waste Water Treatment Plant. Aging mechanical structures in the older primary and secondary clarifiers will be replaced along with other components crucial to improving sludge management and hydro consumption, indicates the Infrastructure Canada release.

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