South Glengarry gets $3.6M for Glen Walter water plant expansion

A diagram from a February 2022 South Glengarry council agenda shows the existing water mains (blue), the fire station (red) and the fire hydrants (yellow) in the Glen Walter area. The township was awarded $3.6 million from the federal and provincial governments on Thursday, April 14, 2022 to add a water storage system at the water treatment plant and replace 4,000 meters of water main. (South Glengarry/EVB Engineering via Newswatch Group)

GLEN WALTER – The Township of South Glengarry has been successful in its bid for senior government funding to expand its Glen Walter water treatment plant.

The Ontario and federal governments announced today they are giving just over $3.6 million combined toward the nearly $5 million project. South Glengarry will have to come up with $1.3 million under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

The project will see a water tower with new pumps and also the replacement of 4,000 meters of existing water mains along County Road 2.

The water tower will allow for storage in a system that is already at or over capacity for home connections and has “insufficient storage to offer fire protection services,” according to a report from EVB Engineering.

The consultant also noted in the January 2022 report that with no water storage, there is no backup should the township want to take the water plant offline for maintenance.

The funding award it the first chapter in South Glengarry’s larger $60 million plan to expand its water and sewer in that area.

Four other SD&G municipalities and the City of Cornwall also got ICIP money through the green infrastructure stream. They are as follows:

  • City of Cornwall – $2,199,900 – water main lining on Pitt Street North
  • South Stormont – $1,094,049 – sections of water main replacement along County Road 2 as well as valve installations
  • South Dundas – $1,642,960 – relining of water main along Carmen Road from Iroquois water tower to the plant
  • North Dundas – $3,666,251 – establish drinking water capacity at its water reservoirs
  • North Stormont – $669,136 – well replacement and backup generators at Crysler, Finch and Moose Creek water treatment plants

North Glengarry and the United Counties of SD&G did not receive any ICIP funding in today’s announcement for 144 water infrastructure projects in Ontario.