Progress is being made on planning for a new multi-million dollar water treatment plant for Val Rita.
Chief Administrative Officer Jimmy Cote says the town is working with the Ontario Clean Water Agency, and consultants from Temiskaming Shores on choosing the water filtration system. The process has included tours of various plants in the region.
“There’s another we would like to visit probably next week,” he said. “So we are hoping by early July we are going to be able to take this decision in consultation with OCWA to determine which of the different water filtration system we would like here in Val Rita.”
Cote says once a system is chosen then a new modern building can be designed.
He’s adds that public consultation hearings are scheduled to help provide residents with an update on the process.
“One that will be coming probably that we are looking at late July, August,” he said. “So we will be inviting all of our residents to the community centre to present them where we are right now. We can answer all of the question, and concerns.”
Cote admits it is a long process, but says it’s important that town take its time with the project so the new plant can be around for the next 35 years.