Making a healthier Maccan River

Darrell Cole
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New sewage treatment facility completed in Maccan

Federal, municipal and provincial polticians have helped officially open the new $1.1-million sewage treatment plant in Maccan.

MP Scott Armstrong speaks during the official opening of the new Maccan sewage treatment facility.

MACCAN – It was more than three decades ago that Gardner Hurley first proposed removing sewage from the Maccan River.

That vision has become reality with the opening of a $1.1-million wastewater treatment in Maccan and a $448,000 lift station that has effectively stopped the flow of raw sewage into the river from the village.

“I remember when we first started talking about it we checked the river and found it to be in very bad shape from all the sewage that was being put in up the river,” said Hurley, who was Cumberland County’s warden in the 1980s and went on to become the MLA for Cumberland West. “None of wanted to see the sewage continue to be put into the river so this has been a long day coming.”

The federal and provincial government teamed up with the Municipality of Cumberland to make the project a reality with the federal government providing $347,400 through the Building Canada Fund and the Gas Tax Fund. The province contributed $366,600 through the Building Canada  and the county contributed $448,976 through the Gas Tax Fund.

The new plant will have the capacity to meet current and future demand, starting with the addition of 74 households that did not previously have access to any form of wastewater treatement. In addition, the new sewer lift station will replace the pre-existing 1978 pumping equipment that had reached the end of its lifespan.

The old pumping station has been decommissioned but will used for additional storage volume during peak flows and power outages.

“Projects like the ones we are celebrating today play an active role in addressing economic and health concerns in the our community,” Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong said.

Cumberland North Liberal MLA Terry Farrell said investing in municipal infrastructure is a significant way of reducing the impact on the environment.

“We all recognize that the improvements to wastewater treatment process are necessary to ensure we have as small an impact on the environment as possible,” Farrell said.

Cumberland County Warden Keith Hunter said the treatment facility shows the level of commitment by all three levels of government to work together on critical infrastructure like sewer and water.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell


Organizations: Gas Tax Fund, Building Canada Fund

Geographic location: Maccan, Maccan River, Cumberland County Canada Cumberland North

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  • wingman
    February 22, 2014 - 14:52

    To bad our MP wouldn't answer letters from his constituents. I have written three with no replies. That's what he will get from me next election NO REPLY.