Funding for improvements to the Rodney Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Municipality of West Elgin has been announced by the governments of Ontario and Canada.
“Long-term investments in infrastructure are key to building healthy, and resilient communities, while also providing important services to our residents,” said Kate Young, member of parliament for London West.
“Improvements to the Rodney Wastewater Treatment Plant mean that West Elgin residents can rely on safe and efficient wastewater treatment that will help protect the environment and support community development,” added Young.
The Government of Canada is investing $942,000 in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario contributing over $784,000. The Municipality of West Elgin is contributing over $628,000 toward this project.
“Upgrades to the Rodney Wastewater Treatment Plant have been badly needed for many years,” said Jeff Yurek, Ontario’s minister of the environment, conservation, and parks. Yurek is also the member of provincial parliament for Elgin—Middlesex—London. “I am proud that the Ontario government is contributing to this important project as part of a collaborative commitment to community infrastructure.”
The project includes the rehabilitation of a secondary clarifier, the replacement of a storage tank, and upgrades to the lagoon decant system.
“West Elgin is proud to partner with the federal and provincial governments to upgrade the Rodney Wastewater Treatment Plant,” said Duncan McPhail, mayor of the Municipality of West Elgin. “This funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program will allow for the first major updates to the plant since it was built, extending its lifespan and ensuring West Elgin residents have efficient wastewater services for years to come.”
According to the Government of Canada, the upgrades will improve the reliability and effectiveness of the wastewater treatment process, extending the facility’s performance lifespan and reducing future maintenance costs. It will also ensure area residents have efficient wastewater services while also protecting local waterways and supporting a healthier living environment.