Answer

There are significant benefits to residents, businesses and to the future of Erin.

Installing a wastewater system will allow us to undertake measured development over the next 20+ years that is essential to the future of Erin, it will also have positive effects on the economy.

This is growth that we need – growth that we will see gradually over the next two decades. We expect our urban population to increase from 4,415 residents to between 7,000 to 10,000 by 2040.

Being able to welcome more residents and businesses means additional tax dollars to help us replace or maintain the infrastructure we rely on every single day.

Also, we currently rely on aging septic tanks and systems that are outdated when compared to systems in other towns across Ontario, and costly to repair. Once the septic systems begin to fail – which is happening in our case – it can be harmful to the environment.

The new system will support the needs of the community by removing the reliance on the existing septic systems.

The development of the system will allow for growth over time, in a smart and thoughtful way that protects the values we hold close.