New funding for Otonabee-South Monaghan Township water system

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A reconstruction project for the Crystal Springs/Elgeti water system in Otonabee-South Monaghan Township has received a combined total of $1,208,678 from the federal, provincial and municipal governments, it was announced Tuesday.

The watermain reconstruction will upgrade the drinking water distribution system on Crystal Springs Drive, Matchett Line and Base Line, including replacement of about 1,355 metres of watermain and the replacement of about 57 water service lines.

“I am excited about this very important investment in our community infrastructure for the Crystal Springs/Elgeti drinking water system,” township Mayor Joe Taylor said in a release.

It’s an exciting project which will benefit the citizens and businesses of the township, he said.

The federal government is contributing 40 per cent in total eligible costs up to a maximum of $483,471 toward the project.

The provincial government is contributing 33.3 per cent in total eligible costs up to a maximum of $402,852 toward the project through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s Green Stream.

Otonabee-South Monaghan will contribute 26.67 per cent of total eligible project costs in the amount of $322,354.

“Ensuring the long-term viability of community drinking water systems is vital for small communities,” said Environment, Conservation and Parks Minister David Piccini, the MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South, in the release.

“OSM Township has been actively pursuing this much needed investment in safe drinking water infrastructure for several years and we are pleased that we are to provide funding to this project.”

There are two municipal drinking water systems in Otonabee-South Monaghan: Elgeti-Crystal Springs in Stewart Hall and Keene Heights in Keene. The township owns the water systems and the Ontario Clean Water Agency operates both.

There are a total of 144 service connections for the water systems in the township. There are 107 service connections in the Elgeti-Crystal Springs system and 37 service connections in the Keene Heights system.

“Mayor Taylor and OSM Township council has been relentless in the pursuit of funding for the Crystal Springs/Elgeti Watermain Reconstruction Project,” said Philip Lawrence, MP for Northumberland-Peterborough South.

He said the federal government is pleased that it can be a funding partner with the province and township “in this much-needed infrastructure project.”

Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at

Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner

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