For Immediate Release
Perth—Wellington, ON – John Nater, Member of Parliament for Perth—Wellington congratulates eight municipalities in the riding on receiving funding for local water and wastewater infrastructure projects. This federal funding is made available through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).
Perth—Wellington is receiving a total of $3,221,699 for eleven projects.
“This is welcome news given the tremendous infrastructure needs in the area of water and wastewater,” said M.P. Nater after receiving the news. “Providing adequate water and wastewater infrastructure is vital in order for our rural communities to continue to grow and prosper.”
However, M.P. Nater is disappointed in the length of time it has taken for the funding to be announced.
“Many of these projects were scheduled to begin months ago. I wrote to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities on multiple occasions over the past 19 months regarding urgent and specific infrastructure projects in Perth—Wellington, the funds were delayed nonetheless. The Parliamentary Budget Officer has also criticized the current federal government for delaying the distribution of infrastructure funding,” Nater stated.
Nine of the twelve projects have already passed their anticipated start date.
Under the CWWF the Federal Government will provide 50 percent of the anticipated cost of local water and wastewater infrastructure projects.
“The Township of Perth East is pleased to use the CWWF to update our ongoing infrastructure needs and plan for the future requirements of our water and wastewater systems. The reinvestment in the Milverton Wastewater Collection System and the Water and Wastewater Master Plan Study are prudent expenditures for maintaining our critical infrastructure systems that our residents depend on.”
Bob McMillan, Mayor of the Township of Perth East
“The approval under CWWF allows the Town to address critical water and wastewater infrastructure on George Street in Harriston. Minto is very pleased with the commitment both senior levels of government have made to on-going municipal infrastructure work.”
George Bridge, Mayor of the Town of Minto
“This funding will give the City the opportunity to reline up to 6,000 meters of old sewers, not only extending their useful life by 50 years, but also significantly reducing the amount of ground water infiltration into the system. As well, upgrades will be made to some of the pumps within the system. Together, these two projects will greatly reduce the risk of impacts on the environment, and will reduce the amount of energy consumed at the pumping stations and at the waste water pollution control plant.”
Dan Mathieson, Mayor of the City of Stratford
“The Municipality of North Perth is pleased to have received CWWF funding totalling $639,000 from the Federal government for our Biosolids upgrades. This funding will assist North Perth in strengthening our wastewater treatment infrastructure. Adequate and efficient wastewater treatment services are critical for the future growth, development, and vitality of North Perth, including our ability to attract and retain business and industry.”
Julie Behrns, Mayor of the Municipality of North Perth
The Municipality of West Perth greatly appreciates the funding for two very worthwhile projects. The municipality will use the funding to conduct an Environmental Assessment for the addition of a third clarifier at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Funding will also be used to replace the Frances St East watermain, which distributes water to West Perth’s Preschool, Public School and High School.
Walter McKenzie, Mayor of West Perth
“The funding under the CWWF program represents an important investment into the drinking water system infrastructure in Perth South. This investment will make upgrades that will increase the efficiency of the Pump House operations and ensure that the drinking water systems continue to provide clean reliable drinking water to residents on these systems.”
Robert Wilhelm, Mayor of Perth South
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Office of John Nater, M.P.