The Municipality of Tweed in Ontario is receiving federal and provincial funding to upgrade its lagoon system.

“Investments in essential public infrastructure are vital to building resilient communities and supporting economic growth,” said Neil Ellis, member of parliament for Bay of Quinte. “Improving Tweed’s wastewater treatment system will help protect the environment, meet people’s needs, and support community development.”

The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.1 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing $939,466 and the Municipality of Tweed is contributing over $3.3 million.

“There is nothing more important than our environment and ensuring our infrastructure keeps pace with its protection as our communities grow and prosper,” said Daryl Kramp, member of provincial parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington.

“Every corner of our two counties can affect every other corner, making this an important investment not only by and for Tweed, but also for all its neighbours in every direction,” added Kramp. “I thank Mayor Albert and Tweed for their leadership in undertaking this project and salute the timely provincial and federal support for this green project.”

The project involves replacing an existing drainage ditch with 1,100-metres of new covered pipe, creating an additional 2.8-hectares of wastewater storage, and upgrading the lagoon’s aeration system.

These improvements will enable the community to meet current standards for wastewater treatment and increase its capacity to accommodate future growth. The work will also reduce wastewater overflows to help keep waterways clean and protect fish habitats.

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“The Municipality of Tweed has been working for well over a decade at improving our wastewater treatment system,” said Jo-Anne Albert, mayor of the Municipality of Tweed. “The Green Infrastructure Stream funding will allow us to proceed with the expansion and upgrades which will benefit all residents of the community.”

“This funding is essential for our community to maintain our sustainability, the protection of the environment and economic and community development,” added Albert.” We are truly thankful to the federal and provincial governments for partnering with us on this project.”

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