Oil Heat Association Applauds Orillia Water Protection Program


October 2, 2009, Burlington, Ontario
– The Canadian Oil Heat Association (COHA) is providing support for the City of Orillia’s initiative to safeguard two city wells near Lake Couchiching.

“We respect that the city has a concern for the safety of the water supply in this neighbourhood,” says COHA Ontario Chapter Executive Director, Constance Wrigley-Thomas.  “Our association of home heating oil suppliers is pleased to be working with the city and providing positive solutions.”

The City of Orillia’s program, titled, Oil Heating Upgrade Incentive, offers financial assistance up to $2500 to help homeowners in a 25-block area near Lake Couchiching with oil heat systems upgrade if necessary to new-generation oil storage tanks and high-efficiency oil furnaces.

“Allowing individual choice in how each resident decides to participate in the program of water protection is a commendable approach by Mayor Stevens and the City of Orillia’s Public Works Department,” says Wrigley-Thomas. “COHA is pleased to assist the city with the recommendation of specific Energy Star-rated oil furnaces and guaranteed-containment storage tanks. This helps homeowners take part in the program if they think they should upgrade. Oil heat customers can contact their fuel delivery company for complete details.”

The Orillia Oil Heating Upgrade incentive, a maximum of $2500, is in addition to existing provincial and federal energy-efficiency rebates, plus Home Renovation Tax Credits. This could be a particularly good time to save money for someone deciding to upgrade their home heating system. 

Financial assistance under the Orillia program is available on a first-come-first-served basis and ends December 15, 2009. For more information about the Oil Heating Upgrade incentive, contact David Rhead, Water/Wastewater Engineer, Public Works Dept., 705-325-2227, drhead@city.orillia.on.ca