POP: Funding for Septic Effluent Disposal
Res #: POP 4-11A
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
WHEREAS the Ministry of Environment is restricting land spreading of septic effluent and in some cases are not allowing new development until an alternative is found; and
WHEREAS the best solution to this requirement is to construct lagoon systems; and
WHEREAS the cost of constructing a lagoon is very high;
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government for funding to assist municipalities with new requirements for disposal of septic effluent.
Response from Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Environment:
The ministry recognizes the need for improved management of septic wastes originating from holding tanks and septic tanks, particularly in areas with significant development such as recreational or rural subdivisions. Land spreading of septic wastes places considerable pressure on the environment of the surrounding areas and may represent a human health threat if not properly managed. Improper management of sewage may also result in contamination of ground water and surface water, particularly as a result of runoff following snowmelt or significant precipitation events.
Adequate wastewater infrastructure supports the safe and efficient long-term growth of rural subdivisions in Saskatchewan. In most cases, centralized systems are the preferred method for new and existing subdivisions. Municipalities and developers will be well-positioned for sustained growth and revenue if plans and budget provide for adequate and effective wastewater infrastructure. Communal wastewater systems reduce the risk to public health and the environment through trained operators and environmental monitoring, reporting and assurance control programs.
The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to ensuring Saskatchewan residents have effective wastewater management that protects human health and the environment. The Ministry of Environment works with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to advance the development of communal water and wastewater systems. Funding mechanisms such as the Building Canada Fund and the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund have provided financial support to help municipalities build or upgrade municipal or regional sewage works.