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Village Chooses Wastewater Treatment and Discharge Option

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Cumberland Council has taken the recommendation of its Wastewater Advisory Committee and chosen an upgraded lagoon treatment with discharge to natural wetlands as the preferred option of treating Cumberland’s liquid waste (sewage). Discharge will continue to the Maple Lake Creek watershed. This upgraded lagoon treatment option was chosen over mechanical treatment options.

This was the highest scoring of four treatment options in terms of

  • affordability
  • economic benefits
  • environmental benefits
  • social benefits

Council has also approved a Biochar Reed Bed pilot project as part of the long-term treatment option, subject to grant funding.

Find out more about the Liquid Waste Management Plan, technical memos, and the process to select a recommended treatment and discharge option.

The selection of a wastewater treatment and discharge option follows upon a wastewater enforcement action by the Ministry of Environment in March 2018 as Cumberland continues to be out of compliance with numerous aspects of its wastewater discharge permit. Cumberland must meet the permit conditions as soon as possible.

The Village will be applying for senior government infrastructure funding and grants from the Green Municipal Fund as opportunities become available with the goal to construct this upgraded lagoon treatment in 2020.

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