Federal Government Pumps $5.7 Million In Funding Into New Cumberland Lagoon System

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The Village of Cumberland is receiving $5.7 million in federal funding for a new wastewater lagoon system.

The funding will come out of the Canadian government’s Green Municipal Fund.

“It’s our sewage system and it needs to be upgraded,” Cumberland Mayor Leslie Baird said. “We’ve been out of compliance for a number of years, and the work that we plan on doing will bring us into compliance.”

She added, “It’s a welcome Christmas present.”

The first phase of the project involves adding mechanisms to reduce bypass flow in wet weather, while removing more phosphorus and suspended solids from wastewater being released into the environment, according to a government release.

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.

According to the release, “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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