The governments of Canada and Quebec made a major announcement related to water filtration for the town of Lachute on Friday, October 9.
Argenteuil – La-Petite-Nation Member of Parliament Stéphane Lauzon, and Argenteuil Member of the National Assembly Agnès Grondin were joined by Lachute Mayor Carl Péloquin, in announcing $3,366,400 in joint federal and provincial funding for the construction of a new biological filtration system for the treatment of iron and manganese at the municipal drinking water filtration plant.
The Ville de Lachute is contributing $1,833,600 toward the estimated $ 5,200,000 project.
The work will allow a new treatment system to be set up at the facility that will eliminate the presence of iron and manganese in the water distributed by the municipal water system. The new filtration system should significantly reduce episodes of coloured water that are sometimes reported by citizens.
The start of work is scheduled for fall 2020 and should be completed in summer 2021. The Ville de Lachute had been working on this file since 2017 and was making efforts to set up a pilot treatment project to assess the different treatment options for reducing the presence of iron and manganese in the water.
Federal government investment comes from the green infrastructure component of the Investing in Canada plan. The provincial contribution comes from the fund for municipal water infrastructure (FIMEAU).