This page was last reviewed on February 7, 2024.
March 2021 Update
On March 22, 2021 Council awarded the following contracts for the Wastewater Upgrade Project:
- Project Manager to Colliers Project Leaders with an initial value not to exceed $235,000 (excluding GST);
- Project Engineer to Integrated Sustainability Consultants Ltd for a contract with initial value not to exceed $1,026,467.69 (excluding GST)
- Construction Manager to Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd for a contract with an initial value not to exceed $1,500,000.00 (excluding GST)
October 15, 2019 Update
The proposed implementation for the Wastewater Upgrade Project:
- Procurement process and design in 2020: Hire Village’s project manager and engineer; define project scope and specifications, geotechnical site investigation, and issue RFP and select proponent; Successful proponent begins work on design and pre-construction; Conclude reed bed trial.
- Construction of lagoon upgrades in 2021: headworks upgrade of adding a second screen, lagoon de-sludging, lagoon flow reconfiguration and aeration expansion, and chemically assisted solids separation and nutrient removal , disinfection by Peracetic Acid, etc- at an approximate cost of $6.5 million
- Construction of Biochar Media Reed Bed in 2022: Filtering of final (disinfected) effluent includes a field trial in 2019-2020, construction of main bed 1-1.5 ha, likely to the north of the lagoons, and construction in 2021 or 2022 – at an approximate cost of $0.85 million
- Construction of wetlands enhancement in 2022: use of water to restore wet conditions to adjacent drained wetlands includes biologist site assessment, decision on site in 2020, Ministry of Environment approval, construction in 2022 – at an estimated cost of $0.85 million
Owner costs, include project manager, engineer, procurement, etc at an approximate cost of $1.5 million.
September 2019 update
Council made the following decision on project funding:
THAT Council direct staff to fund the wastewater treatment upgrades project through internal funds and to maximize the GMF borrowing and grant funding, and direct staff to amend the adopted 2019-2023 Financial Plan as follows:
(a) Increase the wastewater treatment capital expenditure from $5,600,000 to $9,700,000
(b) Increase grant funding to $7,450,440 for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure and Green Municipal Fund programs
(c) Reduce the borrowing for the wastewater treatment capital project from $4,061,500 to $2,249,560
(d) Remove the use of 2019 Development Cost Charge funds ($1,148,000)
(e) Remove the use of 2019 Reserve funds ($390,500)
(f) Add the use of Sewer DCCs and reserve funds to repay GMF borrowing in the 2020-2024 financial plan based on a 10-year term
View the September 9, 2019 staff report.
August 2019 update:
The Village was 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.
October 2018 Update:
REFERENDUM PASSES: Thank-you to all who voted. The question on borrowing for wastewater improvements was passed, and the Village has the permission needed to move these important upgrades forward.
1,011 – YES
363 – NO
Watch this webpage over the next few months for updates on next steps for this project.
July 2018 Update:
Stage 2 Liquid Waste Management Plan
In July 2018, Cumberland Council approved the Stage 2 Liquid Waste Management Plan, which has been submitted to the BC Ministry of Environment.
Alternative Approval Process (AAP)
The Village of Cumberland is conducting an alternative approval process (AAP) to obtain elector approval to borrow up to $4.4 million through the adoption of “Wastewater Upgrade Project Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1084, 2018” to construct an upgraded lagoon wastewater (sewer) treatment plant. The maximum estimated cost of the project is $9.7 million. If no senior government funding is received, the Village plans to proceed with a lesser project at a cost of $5.6 million. Find out more about the alternative approval process (AAP).
Find out more about the Cumberland Wastewater Advisory Committee.
Technical Memo Summaries – October to December 2017
1. Regulatory Framework
2. Financing Framework
3. Historical and Projected Flows and Loads
4. Lagoon System Performance
5. Receiving Environment
6. Discharge Options
7A. Treatment Options
7B. Treatment Options Cost Comparisons updated
8. Emerging Contaminants
9. Effluent Polishing by biochar Reed bed
14. Grant Funding Opportunities
May 2018 Update
The Wastewater Advisory Committee has reviewed the draft Stage 2 LWMP report at its meeting on May 17, 2018.
Cumberland Council has directed that elector approval for the wastewater project be sought to borrow up to $4.4 million for a term of 20 years, and that this approval be pursued by means of an alternative approval process, and that this process be conducted as soon as possible, rather than waiting for the October election. View the May 14, 2018 staff report to Council.
April 2018 Update
On April 9, 2018, Council decided that the preferred option of treating Cumberland’s liquid waste is through an upgraded lagoon to MEP quality, with discharge to the north wetland. This is option 1, Phase 2A.
Council also determined that the preferred discharge option shall be to the Maple Creek watershed, with the exception of the future reuse applications. A second (indirect) discharge location to the Maple Lake Creek watershed via the north wetland will be established, and any future reuse applications must take into consideration maintaining minimum dry weather flows in Maple Lake Creek.
Find out more about the treatment options, costs and benefits:
Read the April 9, 2018 Treatment Options Report.
View the presentation to Council on April 9, 2018.
Council also determined that the Biochar Reed bed be adopted as port of the long-term treatment option, subject to further study and successful pilot testing.
Council will pursue grant funding for a complete project, rather than a phased project, and only execute a phased project if there is insufficient grant funding obtained for a complete project.
Cumberland will move to implement a project using the regulatory authority of the Discharge Permit , and seek elector approval for any borrowing, rather than waiting for authorizations by completion of Stage 3 of the Liquid Waste Management Plan. Council will consider a report on seeking elector approval for borrowing in advance of securing grant funding. Watch Council meeting agendas for more information moving forward.
Fall 2017 Update
The Village has been studying wastewater treatment and discharge options, with a phased approach to spread the upgrade costs over time.
The November 23 Open House provided details on the options, and opportunities for input. Missed the the open house? View the materials below, then email your comments to email@example.com. Feedback is due November 28.
November 23 Feedback Form – due November 28
Summer 2017 Update
In 2016, Cumberland developed a short list of options and applied for a $21 million grant for a complete treatment plant. Since the grant application was unsuccessful, the Village is now studying treatment and discharge options and planning a phased approach that will spread the upgrade costs over time. The results of these studies will be brought back to the Wastewater Advisory Committee and the public in fall 2017. View the Powerpoint and newsletter below for more details.
Spring 2017 Update
In November 2016, the Village applied for grant funding for 83% of capital costs of a wastewater treatment system, called the Cumberland Wastewater Treatment Project. The Village found out in March 2017 that the application was unsuccessful.
Cumberland will continue the Liquid Waste Management Plan process with the Wastewater Advisory Committee and the public, and will continue to seek grant funding opportunities.
November 1, 2016 Public Open House on Grant Funding Opportunity
The new Clean Water and Wastewater fund, announced on September 29, will provide 83% funding for eligible projects. However, applications must be submitted by November 23, 2016. Cumberland must quickly decide on a treatment system, and make an application accordingly.
If you missed the open house, you can still view the PowerPoint presentation and complete the feedback form.
October 6, 2016 Update
The Wastewater Advisory Committee has recommended a short-list of Options for the discharge, and reuse of treated waste water. The committee recommended a two-tiered grouping for further investigation, with the examination of a storage wetland option and a storage reservoir option the two preferred choices. The committee decided to remove the option of studying discharge to Maple Lake Creek as it cannot meet the stringent provincial phosphorous requirements.
The committee also decided that if the two storage options don’t prove feasible, then the next options for evaluation are deep ground discharge to old coal mines, conventional ground disposal or to send fully-treated water to the CVRD.
The committee also recommended that the Village move forward with an application to the Clean Water and Wastewater fund for a treatment option. The technical consultants will be reviewing possible treatment options and will provide the committee with an update at the October 27th WAC meeting. These treatment options will then be ranked, and presented at a public open house on November 1st, prior to being recommended to the steering committee for consideration.
September 22, 2016 Public Open House on Proposed Short-list of Options for Wastewater Management
If you missed the September 22, 2016 open house you can still give your feedback on the proposed short-list of options for wastewater management. You can email your feedback to the Village or drop into the Village Office to fill out the feedback form.
The liquid waste management plan (LWMP) process is well underway and the Wastewater Advisory Committee has come up with a short-list of Options for the discharge, and reuse of treated waste water.
The Committee is ready to bring forward these Options to the community and receive feedback at this open house:
Liquid Waste Management Plan Open House
Thursday, September 22, 6 to 9 pm
Council Chambers, 2675 Dunsmuir Avenue
The Wastewater Advisory committee has come up with a short list of six Discharge Options. All of them assume treatment will continue at the existing site, though the level of treatment may be different for different Discharge Options. These will be presented in detail and discussed at the Open House on September 22.
- Connect to the CVRD sewer system, and send fully treated water
- Ground discharge through conventional surface infiltration basins
- Deep ground discharge into old coal mines underneath Cumberland
- Maple Lake Creek, if the Phosphorus criteria is made similar to current industry best practice
- Storage of summer flows in a constructed reservoir, north of Teal Lake, with release in the fall
- Storage of summer flows in a constructed storage wetland, adjacent to the treatment lagoons, with release in the fall
August 16, 2016 Update
Council has endorsed the Wastewater Advisory Committee’s recommended goals and evaluation system for the liquid waste management plan. The goals form the basis of a two-stage evaluation system to be used to screen and rank the various options to be developed, and eventually choose the preferred option for the treatment of liquid waste that is produced by the Village
The evaluation system is based on the following categories and rankings:
- Affordability – 40%
- Economic – 20%
- Environmental – 20%
- Social – 20%
View the full report to Council which outlines the goals and evaluation system.
July 14, 2016 Open House and Feedback on Proposed Community Goals for Wastewater Management
If you missed the July 14, 2016 open house you can still give your feedback on the community’s goals for wastewater management by July 20, 2016. You can email your feedback to the Village or drop into the Village office to complete the feedback form.
The liquid waste management plan (LWMP) process is well underway and the Wastewater Advisory Committee has begun the process of updating the community’s goals in order to come up with a preferred direction for the future of wastewater management in Cumberland.
The Committee is ready to bring forward these ideas and goals to the community and receive feedback at this open house:
Liquid Waste Management Plan Open House
Thursday, July 14, 6 to 8 pm
Presentation at 6:30 pm, followed by Q&A from 7 to 8 pm
Council Chambers, 2675 Dunsmuir Avenue
The goals represent what the LWMP is trying to achieve, in terms of
- wastewater servicing,
- environmental protection,
- financing, and
- community benefits.
May 24, 2016 Update
Lagoon Tour & Wastewater Advisory Committee Meeting #1
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Tour at 9:30 am at 2934 Ulverston Avenue (wastewater treatment lagoons)
Meeting at 11 am at the Council Chambers at 2673 Dunsmuir (next to the Fire Hall at First Street)
The first event of the Liquid Waste Management Plan process is a public lagoon tour on Saturday May 28, 2016 at 9:30 am. Staff and consultants will conduct a guided tour of the lagoon system, explain how it works and answer questions. This is a rare chance to get up close and personal with the “business end” of town!
This will be followed by the inaugural meeting of the Wastewater Advisory Committee meeting.
Find out more about the tour, LWMP project stages, and wastewater advisory committee.
March 30, 2016 Update – Wastewater Advisory Committee
Council has approved the Terms of Reference for the Wastewater Advisory Committee which will be the gathering and discussion portal for all relevant information for the Liquid Waste Management Plan. The Wastewater Advisory Committee (WAC) will make recommendations to Council for the major decisions relating to the LWMP.
Applications to be a member of the Wastewater Advisory Committee will be accepted until Monday, April 18, 2016. Members will be appointed by Cumberland Council and may be residents at-large or represent environmental groups or businesses.
It is not necessary for members to have a technical or even environmental background to participate. They are expected to bring their own perspectives to the table, but must also develop a broad understanding of the issues and process. Members must participate constructively in the process, and be prepared to provide to, and disseminate from the Committee, the full range of perspectives, including those with which they may disagree.
The Committee will
- Act as a representative for, and liaison to the general public or other unrepresented stakeholders, as appropriate;
- Develop plans for public consultation;
- Review information provided by the Village, consultants, Committee members, special interest groups and the general public;
- Identify knowledge gaps, if any, and provide feedback to Village staff and consultants; and,
- Make recommendations to the Steering Committee.
March 15, 2016 Update – Project Road Map
View the March staff report on the Liquid Waste Management Plan Project Road Map.
In November 2015 Cumberland Council decided to restart the Village’s Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) process to re-examine sewage treatment options for the Village.
Cumberland’s sewage treatment has issues in relation to elevated levels of phosphorous and excessive wet weather flows, and is out of compliance with regulatory standards.
In 2016, the Village intends to
- review of the history of LWMP planning in the Village and create of a set of parameters for the new LWMP planning process
- liaise with the Ministry of Environment to ensure compliance with the necessary LWMP regulations
- draft a Request for Proposals for engaging engineering consultant services for the LWMP based on the Village of Cumberland LWMP planning context
- develop and establish advisory committees for the LWMP
- provide ongoing community consultation and engagement
Find out more about
- moving forward on the Liquid Waste Management Plan
- background information on the South Sewer Project which was turned down by Council
- previous reports and studies on liquid waste treatment in the Village