Township of Emo gets funding for potable water infrastructure

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The federal and provincial governments announced joint funding for improvements to potable water infrastructure in the Township of Emo.

The federal government is investing over $286,000 in the project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan, with the provincial government contributing over $238,000. The Township of Emo will also provide over $191,000 for the project.

Emo is a small rural township of about 1,500, located along Rainy River in northwestern Ontario, Canada, directly north of the state of Minnesota.

“Ontario’s contribution will improve the facility’s performance, lengthen its lifespan, and ensure area residents have increased access to quality drinking water and a healthier living environment,” said MP Greg Rickford, Kenora—Rainy River.

“This investment will fundamentally improve Emo’s water treatment facility and preserve the community’s access to clean and reliable water for years to come.”

The project includes upgrading the township’s water treatment facility by flushing existing water pipes to remove excess sand buildup, installing an intake screen to prevent blockages, upgrading the chemical feed system, and installing a switchover panel and anion exchange treatment solution, which softens water and removes unwanted minerals.

The Government of Canada is investing over $286,000 in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan, with the Government of Ontario contributing over $238,000. The Township of Emo will also provide over $191,000 for the project.

“This funding enables the Township of Emo to address a suitable treatment process to support the reduction of THMs and HAAs in the drinking water system in order to ensure continued safe and reliable potable water for our residents and for future residents,” sayd Mayor Harold McQuaker.

Upgrades will improve the facility’s performance, lengthen its lifespan, and ensure area residents have increased access to quality drinking water and a healthier living environment.

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