Government of Canada and FCM support Perth’s field test of advanced sewage treatment system (14/04/2015)
Perth, Ont. — The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, and Brad Woodside, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of the City of Fredericton, New Brunswick, today announced a Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grant of $175,000 for the Town of Perth. The Town put the funding toward a field test of a submerged activated growth reactor (SAGR) that could increase the capacity of its sewage treatment lagoon.
"Our Government is helping municipalities across the country to achieve their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for their citizens through the Green Municipal Fund," said Minister Rickford. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with the FCM — is helping communities like the Town of Perth build a greener future for our citizens."
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically addresses the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Woodside. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund support the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The Fund supports the sort of innovation we see in Perth."
A small scale version of a SAGR — an aerated cell filled with crushed stone and activated treatment bacteria — was field-tested in a closed loop, so it discharged no effluent into the Tay River. The results confirmed that with SAGR technology, the existing lagoon could meet Perth's future needs, and now Perth is considering implementation of a full-scale SAGR system.
The full-scale project would showcase a cost-effective and sustainable way to extend the life and improve the performance of the sewage treatment lagoons that are used by most small Canadian communities.
"Perth Town Council and I are very pleased with this funding announcement," said Perth Mayor John Fenik. "The SAGR system will allow the Town of Perth to grow and develop in an environmentally sustainable manner for years to come."
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.