Arnold’s Cove es­ti­mates $3 mil­lion for new waste­water treat­ment plant

Mayor hopes for cost-shar­ing to make project more af­ford­able for towns

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Editorial - BY MARK SQUIBB mark.squibb@thep­acket.ca

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.

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