The Raw Sewage Facts
The City of Victoria (Capital Regional District) in British Columbia, Canada pumps 120 million litres of raw sewage into the Strait of Juan de Fuca every single day. The effluent flows through 6mm screens which removes large solids, but little of the sediment and none of the toxic cleaners, solvents, medicines, and other contaminants that go down our sinks and toilets.

This is harmful to the marine environment, embarrassing to the majority of local residents and presents a significant potential liability for tourism and other businesses in this city. It is amazing that in the 21st Century a community as affluent as Greater Victoria is simply flushing its wastes into the ocean. Victoria stands alone as the only Canadian city of its size without even primary treatment.

On July 21, 2006 BC’s Minister of Environment Barry Penner sent a strong message to the Capital Regional District (CRD) concerning the CRD’s inadequate sewage treatment.

Based on the recent Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) report presented to the Capital Regional District (CRD) and additional analysis by the Ministry of Environment, the CRD has been directed to provide a plan for sewage treatment to the provincial government no later than June 2007.

GreenMuze Editor: At the time of publication, there is still no sewer system in place or concrete plans for the creation of a waste management system. Instead, local politicians continue to bicker about cost and the necessity of implementing a sewage treatment policy for Vancouver Island, Canada.

Source: People Opposed to Outfall Pollution (POOP)

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