The governments of Canada and Ontario have announced joint funding for improvements to potable water infrastructure in the Township of Emo, Ontario.

“Long-term investments in infrastructure are key to building healthy and resilient communities, while also providing important services to our residents,” said Marcus Powlowski, member of parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River. “The improvements to the Township of Emo’s water treatment facility mean that residents and future visitors will have access to reliable, efficient potable water services.”

The Government of Canada is investing over $286,000 in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario will contribute over $238,000. The Township of Emo will also provide over $191,000 to the project.

“Our Government is proud to work together with the Government of Canada and the Township of Emo to invest in critical infrastructure in Northwestern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, member of provincial parliament for Kenora—Rainy River.

“Ontario’s contribution of over $238,000 will improve the facility’s performance, lengthen its lifespan, and ensure area residents have increased access to quality drinking water and a healthier living environment,” added Rickford. “This investment will fundamentally improve Emo’s water treatment facility and preserve the community’s access to clean and reliable water for years to come.”

The project includes upgrading the Township’s water treatment facility by flushing existing water pipes to remove excess sand buildup, installing an intake screen to prevent blockages, and upgrading the chemical feed system. It also involves installing a switchover panel and anion exchange treatment solution, which softens water and removes unwanted minerals.

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“The Township of Emo greatly appreciates the assistance provided by both the federal and provincial government through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan,” said Harold McQuaker, mayor of the Township of Emo. “This funding enables the Township of Emo to address a suitable treatment process to support the reduction of THMs and HAAs in the drinking water system in order to ensure continued safe and reliable potable water for our residents and for future residents of Emo.”

The upgrades will improve the facility’s performance, lengthen its lifespan, and ensure area residents have increased access to quality drinking water and a healthier living environment.

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