The cost of a major sewer and watermain replacement project in Lachute is a bit less of a financial burden for the town now, due to help from the Québec government. Christine St-Pierre, the regional minister for the Laurentide region, recently announced the city is receiving $1.2 million for the Rue Robert project. Lachute Mayor Carl Péloquin said work started on the project during the last week of June and affects the area between Avenue Bethany and Avenue d’Argenteuil. He said crews waited until school was out for the summer, so École St-Alexandre on Rue Robert would not be affected. Work began in the school area first, so it will be completed by the time classes resume at the end of August. The total cost of the project is $6.5 million but the Québec government funding formula only covers the items that are in the most serious need of replacement. Péloquin said the existing infrastructure is 40 to 50 years old, and it is difficult to replace only the parts that are in the worst condition, so everything is being replaced.
Also, in the world of water, Lachute is participating in a study designed to find out more about groundwater sources in the Laurentide region and the neighbouring Municipalité régionale de comté Les Moulins, which includes Terrebonne and Mascouche. The study is being conducted by researchers from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Péloquin said there is no cost for Lachute to participate in the study. He said it is important to know what the region’s groundwater sources are, and how sustainable they are, especially since there is significant development happening in the area. Large, commercial water bottling companies such as Naya and Ice River Springs are also located in the region.