Ottawa – Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville – Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes on Friday praised the Village of Westport for its acquisition of $2.2 million in funding for water and sewer infrastructure.
“I was pleased to be able support Westport’s application for the new treatment facilities,” said Brown. “The community sits at the head of the Rideau Waterway where water flows to Ottawa and Kingston. The waterway is a World Heritage Site and it is imperative that its waste be treated in the best possible manner.”
“Today’s announcement by the federal and provincial governments regarding the CWWF grant for my community of Westport is greatly appreciated,” said Westport Mayor Robin Jones. “The $2.2 million will go a long way to paying for the new waste water system, desperately needed by the Village.”
She thanked Brown and MPP Steve Clark for their support over the past three years as the community worked toward the funding.
Ontario Infrastructure Minister Bob Chirelli and Jones announced the funding this morning. The federal government will pay $1.45 million while the Ontario government will pay $725,000 toward the $2.9 million project. Westport will fund the balance of $725,000.
The Canada-Ontario government investment is part of the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, signed in 2016. Once completed, the village will have a large underground disposal system to treat and manage sewage. It will be controlled by a computerized system, which will also collect sewage data.
Work on the new wastewater system started in late July 2017 on the site off County Road 10.