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Cumberland Awarded $7 Million Grant for Wastewater Treatment Upgrades

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Cumberland Awarded $7 Million Grant for Wastewater Treatment Upgrades

Cumberland, BC – The Village of Cumberland is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $7,113,010 from the Environmental Quality stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP-EQ) for a high performance upgrade to the Village’s wastewater treatment lagoon. This important funding from the Government of Canada ($3,880,000) and Province of British Columbia ($3,233,010) will fund almost three quarters of the $9.7 million project.

“The Village has worked very hard to find a ‘made in Cumberland’ treatment solution that is affordable for our taxpayers,” says Mayor Leslie Baird. “In 2016 and 2017, local residents participated with technical experts to develop and choose the best option for our wastewater treatment. This process resulted in an approach to treatment upgrades that meets both the environmental needs and the community’s aspirations at the lowest overall cost. We are grateful to the community volunteers and now with the help of the federal and provincial government’s funding we can implement the entire project and achieve our long held goal of an environmentally sound means of treating Cumberland’s wastewater.”

The project will upgrade Cumberland’s existing lagoon-based wastewater treatment system to meet current regulatory standards, handle large combined storm-sewer flows, and provide capacity for population growth. Additionally, the project incorporates some innovative features to remove emerging contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals. The final treated water will be distributed to the natural wetlands adjacent to the lagoon, and then flow naturally into Maple Lake Creek. This will restore the natural summer “wet” conditions to this drained wetland, and facilitate habitat restoration and enhancement of the area.

The Village has saved over $1.2 million in reserves to contribute to the capital costs of the project. In the fall of 2018, 76% of voters voted ‘yes’ in a referendum to borrow the remaining funds to cover the Village’s share of the cost.

Quote from Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities:

“Modern efficient water infrastructure is essential to ensuring Canadians’ health and well-being. These essential projects are key to ensuring that all BC residents have access to safe and reliable drinking water, whether they live in a large city or a remote community. These projects also reflect our commitment to protecting our ecosystems and fostering sustainable economic growth that will ensure our children and grandchildren can enjoy British Columbia’s beautiful waterways and coastlines for years to come.”

Quote from Sheila Malcolmson, Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Nanaimo, on behalf of the Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing:

“Through this landmark investment in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, we are helping to deliver the services people count on, while helping to keep our communities and environment healthy. The Province is working in partnership with the federal government to invest in critical infrastructure for communities in a way that works for the people that live in these communities while building a healthy, green future for all British Columbians.”

For more information:

Leslie Baird, Mayor

Michelle Mason, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer


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