North Glengarry to celebrate completion of Water Project

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By Shawna O'Neill
North Glengarry to celebrate completion of Water Project
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MAXVILLE, Ontario – A milestone for North Glengarry is set to be celebrated on Friday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. when water from the Maxville Water Project will officially be turned on at the water tower during a tap turning ceremony.

“We are excited to invite our residents to join us in celebrating this momentous occasion,” said North Glengarry Mayor Jamie MacDonald. “For decades our municipality has fought to bring water to Maxville. Located within thirty minutes of Ottawa, Maxville now has the potential to grow and to prosper to its full potential. We look forward to what the future might bring; and we thank everyone for their patience during the construction process.”

The process of developing a water distribution system had been a goal for residents for close to 30 years, according to Tara Kirkpatrick, Economic Development and Communications Officer for North Glengarry. The project came with a $30 million price tag, of which 50 per cent (or $15 million) was funded by the federal government and 25 per cent (or $7.5 million) by the provincial government. The project was reportedly completed slightly below the overall budget.

Mayor MacDonald previously explained to Cornwall Seaway News that the multi-faceted project could be broken down by five tenders: pipe work in Maxville, the water tower in Maxville, a transmission line, upgrades to the Alexandria Water Treatment Plant and a pumping station on Concession Rd. 6.

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Mayor MacDonald will officiate the brief ceremony on Friday, Jan. 17, joined by members of North Glengarry Council and Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin. The public is welcome and advised to dress warmly, as the ceremony will be held outside.

“Today is good news for the residents of Maxville. I want to thank Mayor McDonald, Deputy Mayor Williams, Council and all of those who were involved in making this important project a reality. I’m glad the Governments of Canada contributed to this project,” said Francis Drouin, MP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.

The Maxville Water Tower is located near the intersection of SDG County Rd. 20 and SDG County Rd. 22. Water charges will only begin once residents’ water is connected.  Any residents ready to connect to the water system are asked to contact their plumber beginning on January 20.

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