Feds pump $44.5M into pair of Ontario First Nation water infrastructure projects
BELLEVILLE, Ont.—Infrastructure Canada and Indigenous Services Canada are committing funds to two water infrastructure construction projects within Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, just east of Belleville, Ont.
The projects will improve access to drinking water for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte community, which has about 2,500 members.
The first of the two jobs includes adding nearly 23 kilometres of new water distribution pipes across the reserve. Infrastructure Canada has set aside $30 million for the project, which will connect the majority of the community’s 750 homes and businesses to safe drinking water.
Indigenous Services Canada, meanwhile, has announced $14.5 million in funding for the construction of a new elevated storage reservoir and about eight kilometres of water mains. The new infrastructure will link nearly 150 homes directly to the recently-built Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte water treatment plant. Work on this project is expected to wrap up by next summer.