Potable & waste water

November 2015

Permission to begin the work needed for connection to the wastewater and potable water infrastructures systems. Click here to consult the list of required documents.

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Prensentation on Wastewater and Potable Water Infrastructures - August 27, 2014

Q&A and information

Q&A - February 2014
Briefing note   
Annex A to the briefing note



2005-06: Based on data from H20 Chelsea, Council understood the need to deal with environmental and potential health problems caused by faulty septic installations in Old Chelsea and in Farm Point. They applied for grants to install municipal sewer systems in these two sectors.

2006: The provincial government passed a law on sustainable development that requires all municipalities make decisions based on the environment, economics and the social aspects of community life. When the housing projects on both sides of Highway 5 were introduced, the idea of extending the sewer line was explored, and included Chelsea Creek (due to leda clay), Common Ground, Meredith family lands and the Meredith Centre to maximize effectiveness and better repartition costs.

2007: An economic study showed the advantage to building a collective system that goes to the river instead of several separate systems that would send the effluent to the Chelsea Creek. It showed that costs reductions could be realized in areas of personnel, training, maintenance and efficiency if a single treatment system was used.

2007: Council received funding from Fonds sur l’infrastructure municipale rurale (FIMR). Based on discussions on the future of the centre-village, and in discussion with the Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire (MAMROT), Council decided to use the full amount on Farm Point then apply for a new grant for the Old Chelsea sector.

2008: Council ordered studies on cost for pipes, treatment, etc. for a collective system that would collect sewage from Old Chelsea, along Chelsea Road, and send the treated effluent to the Gatineau River. Discussions with Hydro Quebec were initiated to build lagoons on property east of Highway 105. Meetings were held with property owners to discuss their involvement and financial contribution to the proposed system.

2009: The grant for Old Chelsea was confirmed (2.4 million dollars) from Building Canada Fund (Fonds Chantiers Canada).

2009-2010: The Chelsea Visioning committee consulted the population extensively on their vision of the future of the centre villages, with the end result being a revision to the Master Plan for the village-centre (SPP or PPU). The goal was to approach decision-making holistically, not piecemeal. The Chelsea Visioning consultations engaged 40% of Chelsea residents in this dialogue on the future of the centre-villages.

Dec 2009: Decisions about sewer line were delayed to allow for the Chelsea Visioning process to provide input prior to Council’s decision. Based on a Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (MDDEP) letter about water, council decided to have an engineering company research the cost of bringing water in at the same time as the sewage line.

April 2010: A public consultation was held to present the infrastructure projects to the community. Given the public’s concerns about open lagoons as the proposed technology for sewage treatment, Council decided to research different technologies and sites for treatment sewage.

May 2010: The Chelsea Visioning exercise concluded its consultation and deposited a report.

December 2010: Council continued its reflection on the technologies and sites for the sewage treatment plant, meeting with local groups and with the public at large.

April 4, 2011: Council adopted three borrowing by-laws to cover the costs of professional fees for the wastewater and potable water projects.

April 4, 2011 - Adoption of the Borrowing By-law number 780-11

May 2011: Registry opens for eligible voters to express their opinion on the borrowing by-law ($80,000 for engineering professional fees to finalize costs of wastewater and drinking water infrastructure project).

May 5, 2011 – Public notice – registry

June 6, 2011 – Adoption of a resolution setting the date for the referendum vote for By-law No. 780-11 -Borrowing By-law for professional services – sewage treatment, Centre-village

July 13, 2011 - Public notice of the referendum poll.

July 13, 2011 - Notice of revision

July 13, 2011 - Referendum list

July 26, 2011 – Press release – results of the referendum

March 8, 2012- Information session for Old Chelsea residents. Click here to view the presentation

March 12, 2012 - Ordinary Sitting of Council - Tabling of the fisrt version of BPR-Dessau report.

June 1, 2012 - Ordinary Sitting od Council - Tabling of the final version of BPR-Dessau report. Click to view the three documents (French version only) : BPR-Dessau reportAppendix A and B - Appendix C to F

July 5, 2012 - Information Session on wastewater and potable water. Click to view the presentation : Presentation, July 5, 2012

 Benefits of a sewage system

Residents and businesses in the Old-Chelsea sector have had serious problems for some time with sewage disposal.  Raw sewage has been seeping into the soil due to faulty septic systems. Some have had to empty their septic tanks on a monthly basis. The proposed sewage system will answer the critical need for efficient and environmentally sound sewage disposal in the Old Chelsea sector and will correct a problem that threatens to turn into a serious public health issue.

Building a new sewage system for Old Chelsea will greatly benefit homeowners and businesses in the medium and long term. The proposed solution is environmentally responsible and sustainable, fiscally responsible and more cost-effective than individual holding tanks. Council has a moral responsibility to make decisions governing security, safety and critical infrastructures.

 Building a sewage treatment system

Building an environmentally sound and sustainable sewage treatment system

The proposed sewage treatment system represents the most environmentally friendly solution because no waste will go into the soil, risking the contamination of ground water. The system will meet all the provincial’s requirements as well as proposed federal standards.

If a sewage system is not built, residents and businesses in the Old Chelsea sector stand to bear the brunt of social and economic costs. The Ministry of Environment has been monitoring the situation closely for quite some time and will insist that the municipality enforce law no. Q-2 r.20 that would force property owners to upgrade their sewage systems so as not to pollute surrounding wells and land.

If the municipality doesn’t build a sewage system, residents will most likely have to install a holding tank, an expensive prospect; or build a tertiary system, an even more expensive solution. If residents and businesses do not comply with Ministry of Environment’s standards, they could face substantial fines. In addition, citizens will lose a $2.4-million grant that the previous municipal council had secured to help build this new municipal infrastructure.