South Dundas receives $806,457 in CWWF funding

MORRISBURG – Ontario’s Ministry of Infrastructure has approved South Dundas’ application for funding under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).

South Dundas was approved for eight sub-projects on July 28th under the CWWF funding.

Under the CWWF program, approved municipal projects will receive up to 50 per cent of the project funded by the federal government. The province will fund up to 25 per cent. The balance of the project must be paid by the municipality.

In the announcement, to be made at the August 22nd South Dundas council meeting, is for a total of $806,457. The total cost of all approved and funded projects is $2,620,000.

South Dundas will see the full 75 per cent funding for seven out of eight projects. For the eighth project, the replacement of the water towers in Morrisburg and Iroquois, the municipality was approved for $341,457 of the required $2,000,000. This translates to 11.4 per cent from the federal government and 5.7 per cent from the province.

“This announcement will be directed back to staff who will come back to council in the near future on options to the water tower, and all financing options,” said Shannon Geraghty, CAO–treasurer for South Dundas. “We are still pulling all the information together and looking at different options.”

Projects approved by the CWWF at the maximum funding include:

– New intake pumps for the water system in Morrisburg and Iroquois ($120,000 total);

– A stormwater study for Morrisburg ($50,000 total);

– Desludge the Williamsburg sewage lagoon ($150,000 total);

– Cathode replacement on the main water transmission line between Iroquois and Morrisburg ($100,000 total);

– Secondary main water line serving Iroquois, to be located along County Road 2 between Iroquois and Morrisburg ($100,000 total);

– Geotechnical study for the replacement of the Morrisburg and Iroquois water towers;

– A hydraulic flow assessment for Morrisburg and Iroquois ($50,000 total);

“It’s wonderful for the municipality, especially for the water and sewer users,” said South Dundas mayor Evonne Delegarde. “We couldn’t ask for more on seven of the projects. As for water tower replacements, we’ve been trying to seek funding for it.”

Delegarde said council would discuss the tower replacements and look at what the next steps might be.
Both Iroquois and Morrisburg water towers have been identified for replacement.

Projects approved under the CWWF need to commence and be completed in the 2017-18 fiscal year. However, up to 40 per cent of the projects approved for a municipality can be extended into the next fiscal year, with provincial approval.

The CWWF program was established in the 2016 federal budget to help provide Ontario municipalities with financial support for rehabilitation and modernization of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems.

Funding can also be applied for the planning and design of future projects or upgrades to existing systems.