In October 2016, staff applied for funding for projects under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). Recently they were notified by the Ministry of Infrastructure that the application had been approved and Projects may commence immediately. The Township will receive approximately $131,095.69 from the Federal Government and $857,584.32 from the provincial government for water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Centre Wellington, Ont.
Township projects nominated by the province to the federal government approved for funding include:
- Inflow and infiltration into sanitary sewer mitigation and cast-iron watermain replacement on James Street (Forfar Street to Churchill Cres);
- Inflow and infiltration into sanitary sewer mitigation and cast-iron watermain replacement on Churchill Cres;
- Trunk storm sewer replacement (Moir Street to the Irvine River) to reduce risk of flooding in downtown Elora and neighbouring homes.
“This funding has come at an important time for the Township, where reliable infrastructure is a priority,” said Mayor Kelly Linton. Our Township, staff and Council thank the Federal and Provincial Government for investing in our water and wastewater infrastructure. These projects are extremely important in providing exceptional services to our residents.”
In 2016 the Federal Budget announced the establishment of the CWWF that proposes to invest up to $570 million in federal funding and up to $270 million in provincial funding in the province of Ontario. The CWWF will provide Ontario communities with vital infrastructure funding to help accelerate short term investments to support the rehabilitation and moderation of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and the planning and design of future facilities and upgrades to existing systems.
Work is scheduled to commence in 2018.