CUMBERLAND, B.C. — The federal government recently announced it will put more than $5.7 million towards a new wastewater lagoon system in the Village of Cumberland, B.C.
The project is being funded through the Green Municipal Fund, a $625-million program delivered through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
“This high-performance new wastewater treatment system in Cumberland will better protect local waterways and ecosystems while supporting a high quality of life for residents for years to come,” said federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Francois-Philippe Champagne in a statement.
The first phase of the project will add mechanisms to reduce bypass flow in wet weather as well as remove more phosphorus and suspended solids from wastewater before it is released into the environment, explains a release. The second phase will implement a second dissolved air flotation system to increase treatment capacity. A biochar media reed bed that removes contaminants such as pharmaceuticals will also be added.
“Today’s announcement highlights how municipal leaders understand both the needs on the ground and local solutions that work. They are innovating to build more sustainable, resilient and livable communities. Thanks to our partnership with the Government of Canada, our programs support local solutions with national impact, contributing to infrastructure renewal and our transition to a low-carbon economy,” added FCM president Vicki-May Hamm, in a statement.
The upgrade will mean the Village of Cumberland will be able to meet standard requirements for lagoon systems and increase capacity while reducing environmental impact.