Minto receives $1 million for drinking water system upgrades

The Town of Minto received just over $1 million from the federal and provincial governments to upgrade the drinking water system on Elora St. in Harriston.

Members from all levels of government were present on July 6 outside the Harriston library to announce the funding as construction continued behind them.

Perth-Wellington MP Gary Schellenberger announced the federal government’s contribution of $507,304.

“Whether it’s for roads and bridges, public transit or water systems we all know that investments in quality public infrastructure build strong communities,” said Schellenberger.

Cambridge MPP Kathryn McGarry announced Ontario’s contribution for the same amount.

“We are going to continue to make strategic infrastructure investments across Ontario… so that we can make sure that all of Ontario’s communities have the infrastructure that they need to grow and thrive today and for generations to come,” said McGarry.

Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece was also in attendance and congratulated the municipality on their successful application.

The project in downtown Harriston will see the complete reconstruction of Elora St including replacing aging water pipes and storm water sewers while reducing the risk of further breakage.

“What we see today is how we can put all four groups together, counting the County of Wellington… and get it done,” said Town of Minto Mayor George Bridge.

The contribution of $1,014,608 is about 44 per cent of the total cost of the project.

The funding came from the Small Communities Fund, which provides funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on key local needs.