Statement on Straight Pipes
At a meeting of Town Council held on June 11, 2019, the Town of Mahone Bay issued the following statment on Straight Pipes:
To the knowledge of Town of Mahone Bay staff there are approximately thirty properties within the boundaries of the Town not currently connected to the Town’s central sewage collection and treatment system.
On January 31st, 2018 the Town received a study commissioned from the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation and ABLE Engineering, identifying nine straight pipe septic systems directly discharging untreated sewage into the Mahone Bay Harbour, five on Edgewater Street and four on Main Street. The Town Council prioritized extending the central sewer system to serve these properties.
In January of 2019, at the first opportunity following the receipt of ABLE’s report, the Town of Mahone Bay applied for federal and provincial funding for the Main Street sewer extension under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program; staff are currently awaiting confirmation of this funding to proceed with the project. The Edgewater Street extension is included in the budget approved by Council on May 14, 2019 and external funding will be sought for this extension – along with the Edgewater Street coastal flood mitigation project in the same area – at the next opportunity. The Town Council has met with provincial and federal representatives including Minister Bernadette Jordan to seek their support for these projects, which are a top priority for the Town.
Town Council is committed to protecting the environment around us and has made eliminating the straight pipes a priority. Preliminary engineering and design work have been completed and we are awaiting supporting funding decisions from other levels of government. The Town Council has embraced a solution which will provide an expanded sewage collection system designed to ensure that raw sewage entering our saltwater environment from the Town of Mahone Bay is eliminated.
For more information, read the full
Sewage Options Report