January 31, 2005

Infrastructure program supports improvements to Chatham-Kent water systems

CHATHAM, ONT-The federal and Ontario governments are providing nearly $13 million (approximately $6.5 million each) toward the upgrading of ten water systems in the municipality of Chatham-Kent, through the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program. The municipality will invest the balance of the project's total eligible cost of just over $19.3 million. The project will involve the construction of the South Chatham-Kent water treatment plant and the Highgate communal water system, along with upgrades to the Bothwell water system, the Ridgetown well supply, and the Chatham, Wheatley and Wallaceburg water treatment plants. Other improvements include the construction of two trunk watermains connecting the Thamesville water system to the Dresden water system and the Tilbury water system to the Wheatley water system. The upgrades are required to bring the municipal water system into compliance with the Ontario Drinking Water Systems regulation; they will also improve drinking water quality for a total of 36,260 households.

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