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Federal government matches province's $62M for Ottawa sewage project

The federal government became the third level of government to fund a project aimed at preventing further sewage spills into the Ottawa River, with a $62 million pledge to help build two underground tunnels.

City of Ottawa to pay for $71M balance of $195M sewage storage tunnel project

Three levels of government are now funding a project aimed at preventing further sewage spills into the Ottawa River. 2:39

The federal government became the third level of government to fund a project aimed at preventing further sewage spills into the Ottawa River, with a $62 million pledge to help build two underground tunnels.

The two interconnected underground combined sewage storage tunnels are expected to provide additional storage of combined sewage to reduce overflows.

The $195-million project includes an east-west tunnel from LeBreton Flats to Stanley Park, and a north-south tunnel along Kent Street from Chamberlain Street to Wellington Street.

The provincial government has previously pledged $62 million to the same project, while the City of Ottawa will fund the balance, roughly $70 million.

The tunnel project is part of the city's larger Ottawa River Action Plan.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa MP and Conservative Minister Pierre Poilievre were at an Ottawa water treatment plant on Tuesday for the announcement that the federal government is pledging $62-million to help fund two interconnected underground combined sewage storage tunnels. (CBC)