Tony Clement, minister responsible for infrastructure programming in Ontario, today announced the federal government will consider the upgrading of the North Bay water distribution system as a priority for up to $1,766,666 in federal infrastructure funding, up to one-third of total eligible costs.

This project involves watermain upgrades (including all modifications required to connect the new facilities to the existing grid), construction of a new pumping station and standpipe, conversion of the current pumping station to a valve chamber and repairs to the existing storage facility for interim use. The project will help to provide a stable water supply, equalize system pressure, and supply fire protection.

Funding for this project comes from the $200 million, announced in March 2007, to top up the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF) nationwide.

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