March 29 - April 5, 2004

Green infrastructure projects receive funds under Canada-Ont program

An increased investment under the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program will be used to upgrade Brantford's Holmedale water treatment plant, improving drinking water quality for 26,748 households. The project includes the construction of a treatment residuals management facility, the replacement of the water reservoir cover, the installation of a dividing wall, baffle curtains, a piping connection between the clearwell and reservoir cells, flowmeters, a wall around the filter deck, filter-to-waste piping, and a housing unit for ammonia. The facility's disinfection system and the electrical, piping and instrumentation systems will be upgraded as well.

The federal and Ontario governments originally provided $3,145,587 each under the joint program in 2002. Since then, an increase in eligible project costs has resulted in revisions to senior government funding. The two levels of government are now each contributing up to $3,558,920 to this project, up $826,666 from the initial joint investment. The city of Brantford will invest the balance of the project's total eligible cost of $10,676,760.

Another investment from the infrastructure program will enable the County of Brant to upgrade five water supply systems in the municipalities of Paris, St George, Mount Pleasant, Cainsville and Airport Areas. The federal and Ontario governments will each contribute up to $1,039,115 to this project. The County of Brant will invest the balance of the project's total eligible cost of $3,117,345.

The improvements will include the installation of chlorine residual analyzers, on-line turbidimeters and fluoride analyzers, chart recorders, standby chlorine metering pumps, flow meters, instrumentation and sodium hypochlorite tanks. In addition, the project includes other improvements such as modifying electrical and plumbing systems, and upgrading a reservoir and the chlorine contact vessels. More than 5,000 industrial users and households will benefit from these improvements. Construction is expected to be completed by 2005.

In both cases, the upgrades are required to bring the municipal water system into compliance with the Ontario Drinking Water Systems Regulation. "Green" municipal infrastructure is a top priority for the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program, which has so far invested in projects valued at more than $1.1 billion in Ontario.

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