Mohawk water system to be upgraded

Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Chief Don Maracle (left) pictured with Hastings-Lennox and Addington MP Mike Bossio, was re-elected chief of the Bay of Quinte Mohawks.

Adam Prudhomme
Beaver Staff

Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory will see improvements to its water systems thanks to combined funding from the federal, provincial and municipal level.

Hastings-Lennox and Addington MP Mike Bossio, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced last week two new projects on the territory. had been approved under the Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).

The federal government will provide $68,026 for improvements to the Huron Brant Pumping Station and $15,642 for engineer design services for the Bell’s Road watermain extension. That represents half of the total cost of both projects, with the provincial government chipping in with $41,834. The remainder of the funding will be provided by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

“The recent approval under the program provides 75-per-cent  funding to address an outstanding wastewater operational issue and provides 75-per-cent of the funding required to design the next phase in our east end development plan,” Chief Don Maracle of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte said in a release. “The shared funding between the three levels of government provides much needed support for some of the current project funding pressures for Tyendinaga Mohawk council. I am very happy and pleased to see the two projects move forward.”

The improvements will help to keep the water clean on the territory and keep the community healthy and liveable. The investment could also encourage further economic growth on the territory.

“Chief Maracle has been passionately advocating for water investments to support his community, and we need to continue to deliver on these kinds of improvements,” said Bossio. “Investing in water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining a healthy environment and providing access to clean, reliable drinking water, which ensures that communities are healthy and sustainable now and for years to come.”

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