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New water pipeline for tomato growers


April 20, 2009
By Marg Land


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April 17, 2009, Leamington, Ont. – Tomato producers in southwestern Ontario are being provided with a reliable source of water.

April 17, 2009, Leamington, Ont. – Tomato producers in southwestern Ontario are being provided with a reliable source of water.

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The Canadian and Ontario governments are providing $1.9 million in funding to the $7 to $8 million project to help supply 40 kilometres of water pipeline and deliver water to 1500 acres of tomato fields in the Leamington, Ont. area.
 
The funding will help the Leamington Area Drip Irrigation Inc. with the construction of a water supply pipeline for irrigation. The project includes 40 kilometres of distribution pipeline, a pumphouse and filter, and 63 field taps. The pipeline will have the capability of delivering 26,500 litres of water per minute.
 
It’s hoped that a dependable water supply will help producers better manage risks, increase their yields and meet growing global demand, as well as deliver consistent quality and adopt new technologies and tomato varieties. It’s also hoped the project will benefit the municipality and the environment by building local capacity and protecting the local watershed from water shortages during dry seasons.

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