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.