Infrastructure upgrades have significantly reduced sewage bypasses into Midland, Penetanguishene harbours
The Town of Midland’s wastewater treatment plant is located at 200 Bay St. near the shores of Georgian Bay
From Simcoe.com, June 2, 2023
By Andrew Mendler
Sewage dumping into Georgian Bay has decreased significantly in recent years.
“It rarely happens now with all of the work we have been doing,” said André Pepin, manager of water and wastewater services for the Town of Midland.
In downtown Midland, many of the sanitary sewer lines were cross connected with storm sewers. Whenever the town would receive an excessive amount of rain over a short period of time, or quick snow melt in the spring, the sewage treatment plant would be overwhelmed and staff would be forced to discharge a mixture of partially treated sewage and rainwater into Georgian Bay.
The reconstruction of King Street and portions of Midland Avenue, Hugel Avenue, Seventh Street and Queen Street helped correct a lot of the underground issues, which has limited the need for bypasses.
Over the last three-and-a-half years, the municipal sewage treatment plant has discharged 4.86 million litres of partially treated sewage into the Midland harbour.
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