Wa­ter Grinch of­fi­cially beaten

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff, North Hat­ley

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."

photo Stanstead Jour­nal

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.

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