Latchford receives funding for water treatment plant upgrades

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By Jamie Mountain

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

LATCHFORD – The Town of Latchford will be receiving funding to upgrade its water pollution control plant.

The Government of Canada has announced that it is investing $196,784 in the project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure plan. The Government of Ontario is providing $163,970, while Latchford is contributing $131,206.

Providing communities with modern and reliable water infrastructure is a shared priority, both governments say.

According to the Ontario government, the project will rehabilitate and upgrade the water pollution control plant in Latchford.

Work will include the rehabilitation and upgrade of the plant's chlorine contact chamber to allow for the installation of an ultraviolet water disinfection system.

A new building also will be constructed to house the system.

“On behalf of the residents of Latchford who are privileged to avail themselves of this vital service, I would like to extend our sincere appreciation to both senior levels of government for the financial assistance that they have provided to assist in realizing this essential upgrade,” said Latchford Mayor George Lefebvre during the virtual announcement of the funding on January 22.

“Their contributions greatly assist in minimizing the cost to the municipality and thence the users for this necessary improvement to our wastewater treatment system. To the governments of Canada and Ontario, your contributions are sincerely appreciated."

The Ontario government also said that the project will improve wastewater treatment by employing environmentally friendly methods to support year-round, continuous disinfection.

Latchford’s capacity to treat and manage wastewater will also be increased.

Paul Lefebvre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and MP for Sudbury, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, said that the investments in essential public infrastructure “are vital to building resilient communities and supporting economic growth.

“Improving the Town of Latchford’s wastewater treatment system will help protect the environment and support community development,” he said during the funding announcement.

Dave Smith, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and MPP for Peterborough—Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, said that he was “pleased that our government has partnered with the federal government, and the Town of Latchford, to make this joint investment of more than $491,000 to improve local water infrastructure.

“Ontario’s contribution of nearly $164,000 will help support the much-needed improvements to local wastewater treatment,” he said during the announcement.

Jamie Mountain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temiskaming Speaker