Draft Sewer Use By-Law - Public Consultation

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HAVE YOUR SAY

This is an invitation to review the City of Sarnia's draft Sewer Use By-Law and an opportunity for community discussion and input. As the City undertakes a review of the Draft Sewer Use By-Law, public consultation is being held to provide a forum for interested citizens and all users; residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional, that discharge wastewater to the City of Sarnia Wastewater Works.

Your comments on this matter are important. The comments and information received will assist staff in completing the review and making informed recommendations on amendments to the proposed Sewer Use By-Law.

BACKGROUND

What is the Sewer Use By-law?
Throughout Sarnia the Sewer Use By-law regulates the discharge of sanitary sewage and stormwater which enters the City of Sarnia Wastewater Works by:

  • Establishing limits for various pollutants that are commonly discharged
  • Establishing a list of prohibited substances
  • Identifying requirements that users have to meet in order to discharge
  • Identifying reporting requirements for industrial, commercial and institutional properties in relation to spills
  • Enabling the public to report spills, which will enable the City to better respond to spills
  • Identifying clear authority for enforcement and inspections
  • Enabling the City to monitor and control what is being discharged

Why is the Sewer Use By-law needed?
The purpose of the Sewer Use By-law is to protect; aquatic environments, public health, City of Sarnia Wastewater Collection System, Water Pollution Control Centre (WPCC) processes, Bright's Grove Sewage Lagoons and to control biosolids quality.

The City sewer system, or wastewater collection system, is divided into two systems; sanitary and stormwater discharges. Both these types of wastewater come from residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional properties. The flow from sanitary sewer discharges is directed either to the City's Water Pollution Control Centre (WPCC) or Bright's Grove Sewage Lagoons for treatment. Whereas, the flow from storm sewer discharges, water that originates from rain, including snow and ice melt, is directed to a natural waterway.

The City's WPCC and Bright's Grove Sewage Lagoons use processes that are designed to treat domestic waste or sanitary sewer discharges from bathrooms, sinks, kitchens, and other plumbing sources. These processes cannot efficiently remove a variety of pollutants; which can interfere with the wastewater treatment plant by upsetting the biological treatment, accumulate in biosolids and making them unsuitable for reuse, or pass through untreated and end up in the natural environment.

It is important to note that the design and function of the storm sewer system directs anything that enters a storm drain directly into a natural waterway, these discharges are not treated.


Who is affected?
The Sewer Use By-law outlines wastewater discharge guidelines for all users – residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional, that discharge wastewater to the City of Sarnia's wastewater collection system or have liquid waste hauled for discharge to the City of Sarnia Water Pollution Control Centre (WPCC). It is the responsibility of these users to ensure that their discharges meet the provisions specified in the City's Sewer Use By-law and Regulations of the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).

Until January 16, 2021, the City of Sarnia is looking for public input towards the proposed Sewer Use By-Law. Please take a moment to review the information available on this page and participate in our Public Consultation Process.


If you have any questions related to the information provided on this page, or to discuss this topic please contact Katherine Gray, Water & Wastewater Compliance Inspector at (519) 332-0330, ext. 2245.


Personal Information Collection Notice - The City of Sarnia collects personal information from the public feedback made to the City of Sarnia and/or its Committees under the legal authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Public feedback to proposals is considered to be public record pursuant to the Act. Please be aware that if you are submitting correspondence to the City of Sarnia relating to a proposal, your name, contact information and communications will become part of the public record that will be available to the general public. Questions about this collection should be addressed to the City Clerk, 2nd floor, City Hall, 255 Christina Street North, Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2. Tel. 519-519-0330. Email: clerks @sarnia.ca

HAVE YOUR SAY

This is an invitation to review the City of Sarnia's draft Sewer Use By-Law and an opportunity for community discussion and input. As the City undertakes a review of the Draft Sewer Use By-Law, public consultation is being held to provide a forum for interested citizens and all users; residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional, that discharge wastewater to the City of Sarnia Wastewater Works.

Your comments on this matter are important. The comments and information received will assist staff in completing the review and making informed recommendations on amendments to the proposed Sewer Use By-Law.

BACKGROUND

What is the Sewer Use By-law?
Throughout Sarnia the Sewer Use By-law regulates the discharge of sanitary sewage and stormwater which enters the City of Sarnia Wastewater Works by:

  • Establishing limits for various pollutants that are commonly discharged
  • Establishing a list of prohibited substances
  • Identifying requirements that users have to meet in order to discharge
  • Identifying reporting requirements for industrial, commercial and institutional properties in relation to spills
  • Enabling the public to report spills, which will enable the City to better respond to spills
  • Identifying clear authority for enforcement and inspections
  • Enabling the City to monitor and control what is being discharged

Why is the Sewer Use By-law needed?
The purpose of the Sewer Use By-law is to protect; aquatic environments, public health, City of Sarnia Wastewater Collection System, Water Pollution Control Centre (WPCC) processes, Bright's Grove Sewage Lagoons and to control biosolids quality.

The City sewer system, or wastewater collection system, is divided into two systems; sanitary and stormwater discharges. Both these types of wastewater come from residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional properties. The flow from sanitary sewer discharges is directed either to the City's Water Pollution Control Centre (WPCC) or Bright's Grove Sewage Lagoons for treatment. Whereas, the flow from storm sewer discharges, water that originates from rain, including snow and ice melt, is directed to a natural waterway.

The City's WPCC and Bright's Grove Sewage Lagoons use processes that are designed to treat domestic waste or sanitary sewer discharges from bathrooms, sinks, kitchens, and other plumbing sources. These processes cannot efficiently remove a variety of pollutants; which can interfere with the wastewater treatment plant by upsetting the biological treatment, accumulate in biosolids and making them unsuitable for reuse, or pass through untreated and end up in the natural environment.

It is important to note that the design and function of the storm sewer system directs anything that enters a storm drain directly into a natural waterway, these discharges are not treated.


Who is affected?
The Sewer Use By-law outlines wastewater discharge guidelines for all users – residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional, that discharge wastewater to the City of Sarnia's wastewater collection system or have liquid waste hauled for discharge to the City of Sarnia Water Pollution Control Centre (WPCC). It is the responsibility of these users to ensure that their discharges meet the provisions specified in the City's Sewer Use By-law and Regulations of the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).

Until January 16, 2021, the City of Sarnia is looking for public input towards the proposed Sewer Use By-Law. Please take a moment to review the information available on this page and participate in our Public Consultation Process.


If you have any questions related to the information provided on this page, or to discuss this topic please contact Katherine Gray, Water & Wastewater Compliance Inspector at (519) 332-0330, ext. 2245.


Personal Information Collection Notice - The City of Sarnia collects personal information from the public feedback made to the City of Sarnia and/or its Committees under the legal authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Public feedback to proposals is considered to be public record pursuant to the Act. Please be aware that if you are submitting correspondence to the City of Sarnia relating to a proposal, your name, contact information and communications will become part of the public record that will be available to the general public. Questions about this collection should be addressed to the City Clerk, 2nd floor, City Hall, 255 Christina Street North, Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2. Tel. 519-519-0330. Email: clerks @sarnia.ca