The historic village of Quidi Vidi in St. John's is getting new infrastructure to keep raw sewage out of its picturesque harbour.

A total of $1.6 million has been earmarked for the project in the city's capital works budget, which was released Monday.

"It means that there will be no outfall of sewage from this location," said Coun. Danny Breen. "That will now be treated at the Riverhead treatment plant (on the south side of St. John's harbour)."

Quidi Vidi is a small fishing outport, complete with wharves, boats, and cliffs, but only a five-minute drive from downtown St. John's. But raw sewage has been pouring into its small harbour, known as The Gut, for years via an underwater pipe.


Quidi Vidi Village resident and restauranteur Todd Perrin says diverting the sewage will be good for the neighbourhood. (CBC )

"Raw sewage being pumped into our environment is not something that anyone would be happy about," said Todd Perrin, a Quidi Vidi resident who's turning an old antique store into a restaurant in the neighbourhood.

"But the city has come a long way in the last number of years, with the treatment plant on the south side, and hopefully they'll put the same efforts into dealing with our situation down here in Quidi Vidi."

The village has seen a lot of development recently, with new houses and businesses, and increasing numbers of tourists visiting sites such as the local Quidi Vidi brewery and artists' studios. 

Breen said design work on the sewage project will start this year. But people in the village may still have to hold their noses this summer because construction on the new system won't begin until next year.