The mayor of Corner Brook says there’s no way municipalities, including his, will be able to comply with the new federal wastewater guidelines anytime soon.
The west coast city has just been provided with a new assessment from its consultants, and the cost would be somewhere around $80-million and take three or four years.
He says the guidelines were developed without taking into account that most municipalities in the province channel raw sewage into the ocean. Mayor Pender says it would cost about $600-million to upgrade current sewage treatment facilities in the province to meet the guidelines.
He says this province is being hit harder than other provinces, and needs help from the federal government. He says the feds will have to help cover costs by between 50 and 70 per cent.