Allumette Island plans $5M water and sewer overhaul

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Present for the funding announcement of Chapeau’s water/sewer project are, from left, MRC Pontiac Warden Jane Toller, MNA André Fortin, MP Will Amos, and Mayor Winston Sunstrum with councillors.

Peter L. Smith

L’ISLE-AUX-ALLUMETTES – At a press conference September 14, Pontiac MP Will Amos and Pontiac MNA André Fortin announced the federal and provincial governments’ investment of nearly $2 million each, financing nearly 80% of a near $5 million water and wastewater infrastructure upgrade project.
Each level of government will provide $1,993,457 to replace 4,925 meters of old water and sewer pipes in the village of Chapeau, originally installed in 1958. The work also includes road restoration and roadway landscaping associated with the pipe replacement.
“Given the challenges of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to build healthy, inclusive, and resilient communities. Our investments will contribute for many years to the growth of local economies and the building of stronger, more inclusive communities,” said Amos, noting the revitalization of the village is essential to attracting new families.
The source of funding is the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan, with the municipality’s share at 20% ($996,130). The project will be implemented over the next 3-4 years in stages to limit the tax burden on
residents. Users of the present water system (about 140 households in the
village) will pay for the majority of the municipality’s contribution.