Recently the City of Montreal made international headlines when it announced controversial plans to dump eight billion litres of untreated sewage sludge into the St. Lawrence River so that it could repair a 30km long sewer pipe.
Objections to this decision were largely focused on the environmental and health impacts, which the City maintained would be “negligible.” While these are important concerns, many lost sight of a potentially more important story that goes to the heart of sustainability:
- A potentially valuable resource was simply going to waste.
Unfortunately this isn’t an isolated case. Many major Canadian Cities continue to dump their raw sewage into waterways. Picturesque Victoria is a case in point. 129 million litres of untreated waste is piped directly into the marine waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca every day. The Pacific Ocean…