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Sewer AAP

This page was last reviewed on March 10, 2017.

The Alternative Approval Process (AAP) has now closed and the Sewer AAP has passed. Click here for the full results.

The Village of Cumberland is conducting an Alternative Approval Process (AAP) from February 8 to March 9, 2017 to gain the approval of the electors to borrow $4 310 650 for a maximum 30-year term for improvements to the wastewater treatment (sewer) system.

The bylaw for elector approval is Sewer Improvements Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1049.

Project Overview

Cumberland needs to upgrade its sewer infrastructure to become compliant with federal and provincial wastewater treatment requirements. The proposed improvements include the construction of a mechanical-based wastewater treatment plant and a constructed reed bed and habitat wetland, called the Cumberland Wastewater Treatment Project.

Cumberland’s wastewater issues include the inability to meet treatment parameters throughout the year, very high wet weather flows, outflow upstream of shellfish habitat, and limited funding available for upgrades to meet regulations.

The proposed Cumberland Wastewater Treatment Project would produce re-use quality water under baseflow conditions, and would disinfect the water under all flow conditions. It would also meet Cumberland’s projected population growth for the next 20 years and could be affordably upgraded with further population increases.

Financial Information

The total estimated cost of the improvements is $21 million dollars. Cumberland has applied for a Clean Water and Wastewater Fund grant for 83% funding for the project. The major benefit of doing this project now is to take advantage of this funding from the provincial and federal governments.

If the grant application is not successful, Council will have to reconsider how to finance the project. Based on Cumberland’s limited borrowing capacity, the project could not proceed without grant funding.

If the grant application is successful and Cumberland’s electors approve the long-term borrowing, the Village proposes to pay back the $4 310 650 of long-term debt mainly using parcel taxes.

Costs would include:

  • An estimated parcel tax of $234 per year (calculated equally per parcel) for a 20-year term, or $200 for a 30-year term;
  • The new treatment plant total operating costs are estimated at $427 000 per year. This equates to $244 per year for a single family residential customer;
  • The total annual sewer utility costs, including the parcel tax and operating costs, are estimated at $1053 for a 20-year term or $1019 for a 30-year term per residence (including current operations and maintenance costs of $575). This is an increase of $444-478.
  • The current operations and maintenance costs of $575 pay for the operations and maintenance of the entire existing sewer network

AAP Information for Electors

The AAP asks the electors of Cumberland whether the Village can proceed with long-term borrowing to fund sewer improvements. Elector approval is required for borrowing if it is for a period longer than five years. The AAP will succeed if fewer than 10% of electors (337 electors) submit an elector response form indicating their disapproval of the proposed long-term borrowing.

Electors may review the Information Package below, which includes the Notice of AAP, information about the project and how to participate in the AAP.

Information Package

Elector Response Form Sewer AAP

Non-resident Property Elector Consent Form

Results: The AAP concludes on March 9, and the results will be posted here on March 10.

The Village is conducting two AAPs simultaneously. Click here for information about the AAP for the Water Improvements Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1048.

Further Information

Nov 17 2016 Consultant Report on the Clean Water and Wastewater funding application and type of wastewater treatment

Nov 28 2016 Staff Report on Bylaw 1049 and the AAP

See our Liquid Waste Management Plan page for further information on the Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP). This includes background on the engineering and public consultation that took place to identify the best treatment option.

For more information, contact the Village Office at or 250-336-2291.

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