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September 17, 2016

There has been much discussion on the disposal of biosolids on agricultural land, but there is a bigger, more serious issue here that requires attention.

Every year municipal waste water operators release billions of litres of untreated or partially treated sewage into water courses during heavy rainfall events. This is the result of the past combining of the storm and sanitary sewer systems. This practice of "bypassing" is necessary as the treatment plants become overwhelmed during prolonged rainstorms.

Even more serious, is the fact that several Canadian cities have no waste water treatment facilities in place and simply discharge their effluent into water courses. Montreal for example, releases 900 billion litres of untreated sewage and toxins into the St. Lawrence River annually. Then there is the city of Victoria which releases 34 billion litres of raw sewage into the Pacific Ocean annually. Yet this problem is largely ignored by governments.

Sadly this will never be dealt with anytime soon as governments do not see this issue as an "efficient revenue tool" like the phantom crisis of climate change. There is no appetite with governments to properly deal with our effluent as this issue doesn’t strike fear into everyday Canadians much like the climate change crisis does and therefore makes additional taxes less tolerable with Canadians.

In this era there is no excuse for the release of untreated waste water into water courses. Canada is not a third world country and until governments realize the seriousness of this issue, sadly, the problem will persist.

Harvey Easton
Port Stanley

Last Updated: Saturday, 17 September 2016 12:28:27 PM EST

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