Upgrade to reduce the impacts of extreme weather on water supply

Funding is on the way to upgrade the water supply, treatment, and storage of drinking water in northern York Region.

Area MPs Helena Jaczek and Tony Van Bynen on behalf of Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna, and York Region CEO Wayne Emmerson made the announcement in early November.

The northern York Region’s water supply, which is primarily sourced from lake water, is regularly impacted by extreme weather. The investment in groundwater treatment upgrades will improve the long-term reliability and robustness of the interconnected local groundwater supply system that is located in four communities.

“Like most communities around the world, York Region is experiencing the impacts of climate change, Emmerson said. “Through the support of our federal partners, we continue to invest in critical infrastructure improvements to build resiliency in York Region’s groundwater supply system while also safeguarding the health of residents today and in the future.”

The federal government is investing over $18.1 million in this project through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF). The Regional Municipality of York is contributing more than $27 million to the project.

“Severe weather events are on the rise, and it is imperative that we invest in infrastructure that protects Canadians and their access to reliable water supply sources,” Jaczek said. “Improvements to these systems will ensure residents have sustainable options to meet demands. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

To date, more than $1.8 billion has been announced through DMAF for 64 large-scale infrastructure projects that will help protect communities across the country from the threats of climate change.

Photo: “Through the support of our federal partners, we continue to invest in critical infrastructure improvements to build resiliency in York Region’s groundwater supply system while also safeguarding the health of residents today and in the future,” said York Region CEO Wayne Emmerson.

 

 

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