Arnold’s Cove estimates $3 million for new wastewater treatment plant
Mayor hopes for cost-sharing to make project more affordable for towns
Like other municipalities across the province, Arnold’s Cove is wondering how it can afford to comply with new federal regulations regarding proper wastewater treatment.
The federal government is requiring towns to discontinue sewage outfall into the ocean in favour of sewage treatment.
Arnold’s Cove mayor Basil Daley says engineers in 2014 estimated the wastewater treatment infrastructure at roughly $3 million.
It is a price tag he hopes will be costshared with higher levels of government.
“We’ve talked to our MPs and MHA and we’re waiting for government to come out with a plan,” explained Daley.
“We hope it will be at least cost-shared between the three levels of government. The towns will never be able to afford to do it 100 per cent.”
Beginning in 2014, the town began monitoring and sampling its water, as per federal government regulations, to the tune of $20,000 annually.
The town has been occupied with other infrastructure projects over the last number of years, including a recent cost-shared $900,000 capital works project that saw the completion of phase three water and sewer, curb and gutter and pavement for Harbour Buffet Road; and a current $1.2 million in capital works funding to improve water and sewer problems on Bar Haven Heights.