June 22, 2004

Georgina Water Treatment Facility officially opened


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Photo 1: The front entrance to the Georgina Water Treatment Facility

Photo 2: York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch addresses the crowd while (from left to right) Newmarket Mayor Tom Taylor, Regional Commissioner of Transportation and Works Kees Schipper, Georgina Deputy Mayor Danny Wheeler and Georgina Mayor Rob Grossi look on.

NEWMARKET York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch, Georgina Mayor Rob Grossi, Georgina Deputy Mayor Danny Wheeler and York Region Commissioner of Transportation and Works Kees Schipper were all on hand in Georgina today to celebrate the official opening of the new Georgina Water Treatment Facility.
 
The facility, which replaces the recently decommissioned Sutton Water Treatment Plant, is state-of-the-art, supplying 20 million litres of water per day to the residents of Keswick and Sutton in the Town of Georgina.
 
"Building the Georgina Water Treatment Facility was a commitment made by York Region to supply Georgina residents with cutting-edge technology in water provision," said Chair Fisch.  "As an area that has seen great growth through new homes and new businesses, Georgina residents can now be assured of an abundant supply of quality drinking water for decades to come."
 
The facility comprises three separate parts: a raw water intake, a pumping station and a water treatment plant.  It uses Canadian hollow fibre technology to filter surface water from Lake Simcoe, reducing the need for chemicals.  Its current capacity of 20 million litres per day can be expanded to as much as 50 million litres per day, to accommodate future population growth.
 
"This is a great day for Georgina," said Mayor Grossi.  "This new facility will not only provide quality drinking water for our current residents, but is fully expandable to meet our growing future needs as well.  Moreover, as one of York Region's prime tourist destinations, having such an advanced facility will only help to cement Georgina's reputation as a quality destination of choice for visitors."
 
"Providing quality drinking water to York Region residents is absolutely imperative," said Richmond Hill Mayor Bill Bell, Chair of the Region's Transportation and Works Committee.  "In a region that has witnessed dramatic growth over the last number of years, providing appropriate water infrastructure must and will continue to be one of our highest priorities."
 
Georgina is currently home to just over 43,000 residents. By 2026, this number is expected to be 73,000.  The new treatment facility is designed to provide an increased water supply over a number of phases, when population growth demands additional water.
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at: www.region.york.on.ca.
 
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Contact:   Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1232
- Email: michael.kemp@region.york.on.ca

 
 
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