Water Grinch officially beaten
Twelve years ago, the Grinch that steals water forced North Hatley and Hatley Township to issue a boiling ordinance for their local water supply. So it was fitting that politicians of every level participated yesterday in the inauguration of the new drinking water infrastructure for the Régie intermunicipale des eaux Massawippi
(RIEM) during the Holiday Season. Pierre Reid, the local MNA, even used the occasion to announce an additional $318,546 from the Government of Quebec, bringing the total government financial contributions to almost $8.3 million. The boiling ordinance was lifted in mid-August. The plant had some growing problems that delayed its certification for a couple of months.
It ends a saga that, at one point, forced the local residents to go to City Hall to get water from a Canadian Tire truck and go to the Université de Sherbrooke to take a shower.
The project included constructing a new water treatment plant, repairing Lake Massawippi's water intake and raw water pump station, and installing a treated water reservoir and high pressure pumping system. A water pipeline was also installed to connect the new treatment plant to the existing distribution system as well as a sewer pipeline to conduct discharge from the plant to the sanitary sewer system and a new lift station.
Pablo Rodriguez, the federal Liberal MP from Honoré-Mercier, representing the Federal government said: "The Government of Canada is proud to have partnered with Quebec to improve water treatment infrastructure in North Hatley and Hatley Township. This project is another example of our government's commitment to equipping Canadian communities with reliable water treatment services and supporting more efficient, sustainable management of public infrastructure."
This work required a federal provincial investment of almost $8.3 million. Through the Provincial Territorial Base Fund, federal and provincial government contributions were established at $3,603,013. Both governments also contributed $1,435,315 through the Federal Gas Tax Fund. The Quebec government also contributed $3,225,947 under the Quebec Municipalities Infrastructure Program (PIQM), and the RIEM contributed $3,011,040.
Pierre Reid said that he was "… proud to be participating today in the inauguration of the new drinking water supply, serving Hatley Township and North Hatley. This investment demonstrates our government's commitment to providing residents with high quality community infrastructure. Through these upgrades, the RIEM will now be able to better manage municipal water and guarantee strong, durable infrastructure, a cleaner environment and better public services for citizens."
At yesterday’s inauguration: Hatley Township mayor, Martin Primeau; Léonard Castagner, former DG of North Hatley and now at the RIEM; North Hatley mayor Michael Page; Orford MNA Pierre Reid; and Federal MP Pablo Rodriguez listening to Mr. Castagner’s explanation of the new plant’s operation.