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Liquid Waste Management Plan

This page was last reviewed on September 13, 2017.

Cumberland is re-examining its sewage treatment options through the development of a liquid waste management plan (LWMP).

Wastewater Advisory Committee – Meeting Schedule

WAC meetings are called as needed. Apply to be a member of the Wastewater Advisory Committee.

All meetings are held in the Council Chambers at 2675 Dunsmuir Avenue – next to the Fire Hall at First Street. View meetings agendas and minutes.

  • September 7, 2017: Wastewater Advisory Committee Meeting from 1 to 4 pm
  • April 25, 2017: Wastewater Advisory Committee Meeting from 1 to 4 pm
  • November 17, 2016: Wastewater Advisory Committee Meeting from 1 to 4 pm
  • November 3, 2016: Wastewater Advisory Committee Meeting from 1 to 4 pm
  • November 1, 2016: Public Open House, from 6 to 9 pm
  • October 27, 2016: Wastewater Advisory Committee Meeting from 1 to 4 pm
  • October 6, 2016: Wastewater Advisory Committee Meeting from 1 to 4 pm
  • September 22, 2016: Public Open House, from 6 to 9 pm
  • September 8, 2016: Wastewater Advisory Committee Meeting from 1 to 4 pm
  • August 25, 2016: Wastewater Advisory Committee Meeting from 9 am to 4 pm


September 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.

September 7 WAC meeting Powerpoint

August 2017 newsletter

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.

April 25 WAC meeting Powerpoint

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.

Open House Powerpoint

November 1 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.

Open House Posters

Open House Powerpoint

September 22 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.

  1. Connect to the CVRD sewer system, and send fully treated water
  2. Ground discharge through conventional surface infiltration basins
  3. Deep ground discharge into old coal mines underneath Cumberland
  4. Maple Lake Creek, if the Phosphorus criteria is made similar to current industry best practice
  5. Storage of summer flows in a constructed reservoir, north of Teal Lake, with release in the fall
  6. 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:

  1. Affordability – 40%
  2. Economic – 20%
  3. Environmental – 20%
  4. 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.

Open House Displays

Open House Presentation

Wastewater Management Goals 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.

You may submit your interest in sitting on the Committee by email or to the Village office at 2673 Dunsmuir Avenue.

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

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