Funding has been announced for upgrades to a water pollution control plant in Latchford, Ontario.

“Investments in essential public infrastructure are vital to building resilient communities and supporting economic growth,” said Paul Lefebvre, parliamentary secretary to the minister of natural resources and member of parliament for Sudbury.

“Improving the Town of Latchford’s wastewater treatment system will help protect the environment and support community development,” added Lefebvre. “Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.​”

The project will rehabilitate and upgrade a water pollution control plant in Latchford. The work includes the rehabilitation and upgrade to the plant’s chlorine contact chamber to allow for the installation of an ultraviolet water disinfection system. A new building will also be constructed to house the system.

These upgrades will support year-round, continuous disinfection. They will also increase the Town’s capacity to treat and manage wastewater.

“On behalf of the residents of Latchford who are privileged to avail themselves of this vital service, I would like to extend our sincere appreciation to both senior levels of government for the financial assistance that they have provided to assist in realizing this essential upgrade,” said George Lefebvre, mayor of the Town of Latchford.

“Their contributions greatly assist in minimizing the cost to the municipality and thence the users for this necessary improvement to our wastewater treatment system,” added Lefebvre. “To the governments of Canada and Ontario, your contributions are sincerely appreciated.”

The Government of Canada is investing $196,784 in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing $163,970 and the Town of Latchford is contributing $131,206.

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“I’m pleased that our government has partnered with the federal government and the Town of Latchford to make this joint investment of more than $491,000 to improve local water infrastructure,” said Dave Smith, member of provincial parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha. “Ontario’s contribution of nearly $164,000 will help support the much-needed improvements to local wastewater treatment.”

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