Announced today, the Canadian government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), will support a new wastewater lagoon in the Village of Cumberland, British Columbia.

More than $5.7 million will be delivered through the Green Municipal Fund for the new wastewater lagoon system, said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Vicki-May Hamm, President of 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 Minister Champagne.

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The first phase of the project involves adding mechanisms to reduce bypass flow in wet weather and remove more phosphorus and suspended solids from wastewater being released into the environment. The second phase will add a second dissolved air flotation system to increase treatment capacity, and an innovative biochar media reed bed to remove contaminants such as pharmaceuticals.

“We are proud to support green infrastructure projects such as this new wastewater lagoon system in the Village of Cumberland that help make Canada a clean and healthier place for everyone,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources.

This investment will allow Cumberland to meet standard requirements for lagoon systems and increase its capacity to serve a growing population. The more efficient new system will also allow the Village to make the most of municipal resources and reduce its impact on the environment.

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