Village of Cumberland sewage lagoons will soon get an upgrade | Photo by George Le Masurier
Cumberland gets $5.7 million for sewage plant upgrade
The Village of Cumberland is well on its way to completing an overdue upgrade to its wastewater treatment plant thanks to the passage of a referendum this fall and $5.7 million from the federal Green Municipal Fund.
The money comes as a grant of $750,000 and a low-interest loan of $5 million.
Cumberland has been out of compliance with BC Ministry of Environment treatment standards for years and has been threatened with heavy fines for continued non-compliance. But the village needed public approval to incur debt for the project, and government funding, in order to get the upgrade underway.
The Green Municipal Fund grant announced this week means the village can start the preliminary stages of the project.
Cumberland voters approved a referendum in the Oct. 20 municipal elections allowing the Village to borrow up to $4.4 million for the sewage project. The whole project was estimated to cost $9.7 million.
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