Municipal Sewer System

The municipality has two sewer systems- one in the community of Tusket and the other in the community of West Pubnico.

At the West Pubnico sewer treatment plant, a full time Waste Water Operator is on site to answer any of your questions or concerns.

Vaughn d’Entremont - Wastewater Operator
Phone: (902) 648-4043
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Tusket Wastewater System

In 2005 a sewer system was installed in the Tusket area. It has 131 connections for both residential and commercial properties. Residents who are connected to this sewer system are billed annually on their tax bills.

Wastewater is collected on individual properties in septic tanks, which provide primary treatment and settling of solids. Effluent from the center layer of the septic tank is filtered and either flows by gravity or is pumped to the collection main located in the shoulder of the road.

All the effluent flows through the collection system and ends up at the pump station located next to Carl’s Store, from there it is pumped up to the treatment plant located on Courthouse Road.

The pump station houses two pumps which alternate pumping to the treatment plant unless there is a high level, and then they both pump at the same time to keep up with the high flow (this can happen during heavy rains).

The effluent then enters the Treatment Plant on the western side of the treatment building into the recirculation tank located under the building which holds 180,000 Litres. From here, eight pumps located in four risers pump the effluent to four re-circulating biological sand filter cells (RSF).

The Re-circulating Sand Filter (RSF) is constructed of perforated pipe placed in pea gravel over the sand media. The wastewater is evenly dosed over the surface of the sand media and slowly percolates through the gravel and sand.

A collection system beneath the sand filters directs the filtered effluent by gravity back to the recirculation tank, at which point it flows through a re-circulating splitter valve that is set to divert 80% of the flow back into the recirculation tank and 20% to an ultraviolet disinfection system.

Finally the treated water runs through a flume where a flow meter measures the amount of water leaving the plant. This information is reported back to the Department of Environment every three months along with lab testing results from the treated effluent.

Tusket Municipal Sewer – questions and maintenance contact: Property Inspection and Public Works at (902)648-2623 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

Billing Information

The Tusket Wastewater System is billed annually with the tax invoice during the first week in June. Users have a choice of paying the capital fee of $2,500 in full or paying a yearly fee for 20 years. 

  • Annual 2013/2014 Operation Fee = $205.    
  • Yearly 2013/2014 Capital Fee = $192.76.

Preventative Maintenance for Homes

 


wps plantWest Pubnico Wastewater System

The Municipality of the District of Argyle owns and operates a sanitary sewage collection and treatment system in the community of West Pubnico, Nova Scotia.

The system was originally constructed in 1978, and since that time has undergone a number of upgrades and extensions. The collection system currently consists of approximately 14,300 metres (m) of 200 millimetre (mm) diameter gravity sewer and 150 m of 250 mm diameter gravity sewer.

The system also contains twelve (12) duplex Flygt submersible pumping stations, complete with approximately 5,100 m of sewage force main. All gravity sewers and force mains in the system are constructed of PVC plastic piping, and all manholes are built from pre-cast concrete.

West Pubnico’s sewage treatment plant originally consisted of two (2) cell aerated lagoon, which was constructed in 1979. Construction began on May 17, 2010 to upgrade the sewage treatment plant and the facility began treating wastewater on May 27, 2011.

The system provides central sanitary sewage collection service to approximately 615 residential and commercial connections, which equates to an approximate serviced population of 1,700 people.

Billing Information:

The West Pubnico Wastewater System is billed annually with the tax invoice during the first week in June. With the upgrade to the system in 2011, users had a choice of paying the capital fee of $1,900 in full or paying a yearly fee.

  • Annual 2013/2014 Operation Fee = $225.    
  • Yearly 2013/2014 Capital Fee = $211

West Pubnico Wastewater Treatment Facility Brochure

 


Preventive Maintenance for Homes

There are a number of do’s and don’ts that will help ensure a long life and minimal maintenance for our system. As a general rule, nothing should be disposed into any wastewater system that hasn’t first been ingested, other than toilet tissue, mild detergents, and wash water. Here are some additional guidelines:

DON’T flush dangerous and damaging substances into your wastewater treatment system. Do not flush:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Excessive amount of bath or body oils
  • Water softener backwash
  • Flammable or toxic products
  • Household cleaners, especially rug cleaners
  • Chlorine bleach, chlorides, and pool or spa products

DON’T use special additives that are touted to enhance the performance of your tank or system. The natural microorganisms that grow in our system generate their own enzymes that are sufficient for breaking down and digesting nutrients in the wastewater.

DON’T ignore leaky plumbing fixtures; repair them. A leaky toilet can waste up to 2,000 gallons of water in a single day. That’s 10-20 times more water than a household’s typical daily usage. Leaky plumbing waste natural resources, and overload our system.

DO collect grease in a container and dispose with your trash. Compost scraps or dispose with your trash. Food by-products accelerate the need for septage pumping and increase maintenance.

DO conserve water:

  • Take shorter showers or baths
  • Don’t let water run unnecessarily while brushing teeth or washing hands
  • Wash dishes and clothes when you have a full load
  • Use water saving devices on faucets and showerheads
  • When replacing old toilets, buy low-flush models

DON’T dig without knowing the location of your wastewater treatment system. But easily removable items, such as bird baths are OK to place on top of your system.

DON’T drive over your tank or any buried components in your system, unless it’s been equipped with a special traffic lid. If the system is subject to possible traffic, put up a barricade or a row of shrubs.


DO use substitutes for household hazardous waste. Replace the following hazardous products with products that are less environmentally harmful

  1. Ammonia-based cleaners: Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge. For windows, use a solution of 2 tbsp. white vinegar to 1 qt. water
  2. Disinfectants: Use borax ½ cup in a gallon of water
  3. Drain decloggers: Use a plunger or metal snake, or remove and clean trap
  4. Scouring cleaners & powders: Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge or add 4 tbsp. baking soda to 1 qt. warm water
  5. Toilet cleaners: Sprinkle on baking soda or Bon Ami
  6. Laundry detergents: Choose one with a zero phosphate content or use soap flakes with 1/3 cup of washing soda


DON’T enter your tank. Any work to the tank is done by the Municipality. Gases that can be generated in the tank and/or oxygen depletion can be fatal

Residents are reminded that sump pumps, rain gutters and foundation drains are NOT permitted to be connected to the Sewer System.

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