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For Immediate Release:
January 16, 2003

The Region of Peel Awarded $200,000 for Enhanced Water and Wastewater Treatment

Brampton, ON - The Region of Peel will be taking steps to strengthen environmental practices thanks to funding of up to $200,000 from the Green Municipal Funds (GMF). The funding will support two projects: a demonstration of wastewater treatment using an advanced activated sludge process and identifying strategies to control taste and odour producing compounds in Lake Ontario water. Each project will receive $100,000.

Peel Regional Chair Emil Kolb, Mr. Gurbax Singh Malhi, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for Bramalea-Gore-Malton-Springdale and Councillor Brenda Hogg, Member of the National Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced the projects in Regional Council today.

"Continued research is integral to providing Peel residents with an innovative and efficient water and wastewater system," said Regional Chair Kolb. "The funding we are receiving will enable us to implement new treatment techniques and to continue to provide residents with quality services."

The Government of Canada has endowed $250 million to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to establish and manage the GMF. The Funds began operating in 2000 to stimulate environmental projects launched by municipal governments and their partners to cut pollution, reduce greenhouse gases and improve municipal services. The Funds leverage larger amounts for studies and projects through contributions by municipalities and private-sector partnerships.

"The Region of Peel is demonstrating leadership in seeking ways to strengthen its wastewater treatment and water quality operations to enhance quality of life in our region," said Mr. Gurbax Singh Malhi. "I am pleased that the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities are supporting these efforts to build a healthy, sustainable region."

The Region of Peel has partnered with the Regions of Durham, Halton, and Niagara, the cities of Toronto and Hamilton, the National Water Research Institute (NWRI), the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and the University of Waterloo to form the Ontario Water Works Research Consortium (OWWRC), which is conducting research for the Taste and Odour in Lake Ontario project. The Region of Peel is contributing an additional $100,000 toward this project, matching the partnership grant from the Green Municipal Enabling Fund (GMEF), a component of the Green Municipal Funds.

The GMEF covers up to half the cost of feasibility studies for projects that are aimed at cutting polluting emissions to air, water or soil through investments in energy or process efficiency or by promoting the use of renewable resources.

"Developing and implementing plans to improve wastewater treatment and water quality while contributing to better environmental management through sustainable practices is a major goal of the Green Municipal Funds," said Councillor Hogg. "We look forward to the results of the projects and the opportunities identified for the Region of Peel to strengthen these important services."

The Integrated Fixed-Film Activated Sludge process could treat wastewater through nitrification more efficiently than in conventional wastewater treatment, and at a lower cost. The results of the project will support Peel's plans for expanding its two wastewater treatment plants by 2006. The plants discharge effluent into Lake Ontario. The technology being tested is an enhanced treatment process, which uses nitrification.

The Taste and Odour in Lake Ontario study will assist in developing effective, permanent control measures and the design of early warning systems for naturally occurring compounds, such as Geosmin, which cause a musty taste and odour in municipal drinking water drawn from Lake Ontario. Geosmin is currently being removed through activated carbon filtration.

"These projects provide great opportunities toward the enhancement of water and waste water treatment," said Mitch Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works for the Region of Peel. "In addition to the potential benefits to Peel, including significant cost savings, increased site capacity and aesthetic quality to municipal drinking water. Information from these projects could be used by municipalities across Canada to minimize cost and enhance water quality."

Peel has also received a GMEF grant of $100,000 to investigate innovative approaches to divert solid waste and biosolids from landfills. The project was launched in September 2002.

FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It is dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities by promoting strong, effective and accountable municipal government. To date, 214 GMF projects have been approved for funding of $25 million, leveraging more than $98 million in total spending to act on cleaner air, water, soil and climate change.

More information about the Green Municipal Funds is available on the FCM web site, www.fcm.ca. Also, visit the Government of Canada climate change web site, www.climatechange.gc.ca.

Mitch Zamojc
Commissioner of Public Works
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4395

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9 Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail



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