Township of North Grenville:
New technology that preserves the community and the environment
Back in 2013, the Township of North Grenville told Fetherston residents that it couldn’t afford to pay the $750,000 needed to fix their failing wastewater system. Doing so, would have resulted in a residential tax increase of 10 to 12% and would be tough to justify since the private system wasn’t considered a municipal asset. At the time, eviction seemed like the only option to protect residents from the health risks posed by the leaking septic system.
But after working for months with the Township, Clearford and MOECC, residents were ready to present council with a new option to remove and replace the septic system with a Clearford One wastewater collection and treatment system—a solution that could happen without any capital funding or operational support from the Township.
The project proposal for the Clearford One P4P was accepted by council and marked a major turning point for Fetherston residents in their battle to save their homes. “The Township worked closely with Clearford to make sure that residents were getting a reliable system that met current standards,” says Karen Dunlop, North Grenville Director of Public Works. Once the plans were finalized, the Township was able to issue the appropriate construction permits and also sign the MOECC-issued Environmental Compliance Approval for the new wastewater plant.
“This was a learning experience for everyone,” Dunlop says. She notes also that the decentralized wastewater treatment plant at Fetherston is the first of its kind in North Grenville and will play an important role in showcasing the capabilities of this approach to the region. “Most people in North Grenville live rurally,” she says, “There are many small hamlets that are serviced by holding tanks and septic systems.” Currently none are experiencing any operational issues, but when repairs or upgrades are needed, Dunlop says that these small clusters of homes are ideal for technologies such as Clearford One.
The P4P financing and delivery model means that new infrastructure could be added for the homes without any risk, capital investment or operational support by the Township.
For Fetherston, Dunlop says, “This is the outcome we all wanted. We get to keep Fetherston as part of the community, residents get to keep their homes and the environmental impact of the wastewater is minimized.”
Learn more about the benefits of Clearford One P4P to deliver new wastewater infrastructure without risk or capital investment.
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