The Greater Shediac Sewerage Commission’s (GSSC) existing Cap-Brulé Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) has reached its design life. Although the existing facility still meets all present-day effluent requirements as part of the Province’s Approval to Operate, the GSSC has made significant investments in long-term planning over the past several years to prepare for the appropriate funding program opportunity to advance its plan to upgrade the WWTF for service into the decades ahead. As a result of this preparedness, the Government of Canada awarded the investment of more than $16.1 million in this project through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure program. The Province of New Brunswick is also contributing $10.7 million and the Greater Shediac Sewerage Commission will be investing $5.3 million.

The project will include the construction of new highly advanced wastewater facilities for screening and grit removal with blowers, UV disinfection, a moving bed biofilm reactor, a new pumped outfall to the Northumberland Strait, a new influent pumping station, refurbishment of the three existing lagoon cells, and 2,500 metres of on-site wastewater piping.

For the GSSC to finance its portion of this environmental stewardship project and future important projects such as:  Scoudouc WWTP upgrades, major lift station upgrades, etc., the creation of an Environmental Improvement Fee (EIF) is now required and will be included with the yearly sewer bill. The fee per unit/household will be $25.00 for the year 2021, $50.00 for the year 2022, and $75.00 for the year 2023 and subsequent years.

Long-term protection of the Shediac Bay is the responsibility of all of us. The GSSC, in partnership with the Federal and Provincial Governments, are proud to be part of this initiative and have allocated funding to upgrade the existing treatment process to a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility, offering tertiary treatment and clean effluent for our growing communities for years to come.



H.J. (Harry) McInroy