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City of Owen Sound

City of Owen Sound
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

August 21, 2014 14:30 ET

A Cleaner Bay in Sight as Work Begins on the Owen Sound Wastewater Treatment Plant

OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 21, 2014) - Representatives gathered today to mark the start of construction at the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Owen Sound, work that includes both upgrading the facility from a primary level of treatment to a secondary level, as well as increasing its volume capacity.

Converting the plant from a primary level of treatment to a secondary level will allow for additional filtration and disinfection of wastewater before it is discharged back into the area's catchment basin, Owen Sound Bay, while the installation of ultraviolet disinfection will further improve water quality.

These upgrades will enable the City of Owen Sound to meet the Government of Canada's Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations while reducing the negative impacts of wastewater effluent on human health and the environment.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada is contributing up to $14,955,000 to this project through the Green Infrastructure Fund.
  • The Government of Ontario is contributing up to $15,000,000 to this project through the Green Infrastructure Fund.
  • The City of Owen Sound is providing $18,133,000 of the total project cost of $48,088,000.

Quotes

"Our Government understands that effective treatment of wastewater is essential to ensuring the health and well-being of our communities, and safeguarding our waterways. We are proud to invest in the Owen Sound Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades as they will significantly improve the quality of water being discharged into Georgian Bay, creating healthier and safer communities in the region, while helping to further protect the environment."

Larry Miller,
Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

"Upgrades to the Owen Sound Wastewater Treatment Plant will not only ensure the safe and reliable treatment of wastewater for years to come, but will also help support a healthier environment and sustainable Owen Sound Bay. Our government is proud to support this important project and is committed to revitalizing critical infrastructure in communities across the province."

Arthur Potts,
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

"I am pleased to recognize the support of both our Federal and Provincial Governments as funding partners for this very important project, the upgrading of the City of Owen Sound Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project is vital to the environmental sustainability of our community and the long term water quality in Owen Sound and Georgian Bay."

Mayor Deborah Haswell,
City of Owen Sound

Associated Links

To learn more about the Green Infrastructure Fund visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/prog/gif-fiv-eng.html

For more information on how Ontario is revitalizing infrastructure in your area, visit: https://www.ontario.ca/business-and-economy/building-today-current-infrastructure-projects

https://www.owensound.ca/wwtp

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/plan-eng.html

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada's Economic Action Plan at http://www.eap.gc.ca

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Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities
    and Intergovernmental Affairs and
    Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
    for the Regions of Quebec
    613-943-1848

    Bryan Bossin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Rural Affairs of Ontario
    416-326-3072

    A. Ruth Coursey
    City Manager
    City of Owen Sound
    rcoursey@owensound.ca
    519-376-4440 X 1210

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
    media@infc.gc.ca