East Royalty Flows Diverted to CPCP

East Royalty Flows Diverted to the Charlottetown Pollution Control Plant
Posted on 01/13/2020

All of Charlottetown’s wastewater is now treated at the Charlottetown Pollution Control Plant. Wastewater generated in East Royalty is now pumped from the area of the former lagoon to the treatment plant located on Riverside Drive.

“The Government of Canada is proud to work with partners to get projects built that improve the lives of Canadians,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “This important project will help safeguard the health and well-being of residents while accommodating future growth in the area. Together, we are making positive changes to strengthen our communities, provide jobs, and build a more sustainable future.”

“This is great news for the City of Charlottetown and its citizens as we now have all wastewater within the municipality being treated at one top-notch facility,” said Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown. “With this project completion, we can focus on the final upgrades at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and taking on the flows from the Town of Stratford at that facility, which brings us one step closer to a regional pollution control system.”

The Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility operated the East Royalty Sewage Collection and Treatment System (lagoon) since the amalgamation of East Royalty in 1995. The system, which was located between Bonnie Blink Drive and Robertson Road, was constructed in 1987 and serviced more than 1,600 people. It discharged to Wrights Creek.

“This project reduces our overall impact on the environment and ensures sustainable wastewater treatment into the future for East Royalty and the surrounding area,” said Charlottetown Deputy Mayor Jason Coady, Chair of the City’s Water and Sewer Utility Committee. “This work should give residents in the area peace of mind knowing they are now connected to a state-of-the-art facility. We thank our partners at the Federal and Provincial level for their support in making this possible.”

The diversion of wastewater flow from the East Royalty Lagoon was made possible thanks to two projects under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. For the construction of a sewer lift station and forcemain, the Government of Canada invested $1.925 million while the Government of Prince Edward Island and the City of Charlottetown each contributed over $962,000. For the upgrades to the gravity lines leading to the Charlottetown Pollution Control Plant, the Government of Canada invested $2.2 million while the Government of Prince Edward Island and the City of Charlottetown each contributed $1.1 million.

"It's great to see progress continue on this project that will give East Royalty residents better access to improved wastewater services and more protection of our environment,” said Charlottetown-Hillsborough Park MLA Natalie Jameson on behalf of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Steven Myers, Government of PEI. “It shows what can be accomplished when all levels of government work together on shared common goals that benefit Islanders.”

For more information about the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, visit: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/cwwf/cwwf-program-programme-eng.html