Focus on the Infrastructure Deficit

     January  2006

Oh No - Not Again: Boil Water Advisory in Walkerton...
Many of you remember the spring of 2000, when seven people died and over 2,000 fell ill after drinking contaminated tap water in Walkerton, Ontario.

Residents of the small Ontario town thought that nightmare was behind them... until just before Christmas, when Public Health Officials announced yet another boil water advisory.

The culprit?  Broken water mains allowing untreated water into the system.  (We know for a fact the broken pipes were NOT from the $100,000 in new pipe that IPEX donated to Walkerton during the crisis.)

Residents were finally able to turn their water back on for the New Year.

Election Update - Infrastructure in the News...
We're coming down to the wire, and the leading political parties are eager to prove their sincerity when it comes to municipal infrastructure issues.
The Conservatives have pledged to maintain (and in fact, improve) the 'New Deal' on gas tax revenues for municipalities, and has promised to maintain funding at existing levels.
Meanwhile, the Liberals have countered with "a new Community, Sport and Recreational Facility Fund (CSRFF) with investments of $350 million over five years" - but rather than new water systems, highways and sewers, the money is designed to be spent on libraries, community centres and gymnasiums.  They're also promising to maintain existing funding under the gas tax plan.
To review an exclusive survey that the leading parties have completed on infrastructure, click here.

A Not-So-Merry Christmas


'Twas the Night before Christmas, and all through the house... not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Why?  A broken watermain meant several families (and even the mouse) had to stage an emergency evacuation over Christmas.

Questions or concerns about municipal infrastructure?
Let's talk. I can be reached at:
Tel: (905) 670-7676
or:   (800) 268-4664 
Fax (905) 670-1512
6810 Invader Cres, Mississauga, ON L5T 2B6
Veso Sobot, P.Eng.
Director, Corporate Affairs


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