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Work Begins on Cumberland’s Wastewater Upgrades

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The new wastewater upgrades project is getting underway this fall – kicking off an important update that will serve Cumberland for the years to come.

The Wastewater Upgrades will focus on refurbishing the current lagoon site and include the addition of new buildings, better instrumentation, and site security. It will also include construction of an innovative reed bed to remove toxins and the restoration of acres of surrounding wetlands.

Once complete, these wastewater upgrades will exceed provincial regulatory treatment requirements, releasing safe water into Cumberland’s sensitive inland habitat areas.

“This essential infrastructure project has been years in the making and is critical to our operations today and moving forward,” said Mayor Leslie Baird. “Community input has made this a real “made in Cumberland solution” moving us towards a more sustainable future.”

Early site works this fall will include some tree removal, the rerouting of trails that currently enter into the site, and the installation of a fence around the lagoons area. The majority of the construction work will be in 2022, with a targeted completion date of 2023.

The public is invited to attend an upcoming open house and on-site tours to hear from our experts and ask questions about the plans for Cumberland’s high-performance Wastewater Upgrades Project.

Site Tours (Wastewater Treatment site at 2934 Ulverston Ave)

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 2-3 pm – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Open House (Council Chambers at 2675 Dunsmuir Avenue)

  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 6-8 pm
    *Masks are required for this event.

To keep informed of the project progress, please visit, or email

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