City Proposing Changes to Sewer Bylaw

The City of Winnipeg is inviting residents to comment on proposed changes to the city’s Sewer Bylaw.

A drafted bylaw has been prepared to include stricter requirements to further protect wastewater, land drainage and river systems.

Under the changes are a number of new restrictions:

  • Updated regulations on what you can and cannot put down the drain, such as prescribed and over-the-counter medication, and toxic substances. There are also clearer restrictions on draining swimming pool water.
  • Restaurants and other food service establishments will be required to have a Grease Interceptor Licence for putting grease down the drain.
  • Businesses that put prohibited or restricted substances down the drain will be required to submit a pollution prevention plan, starting with metal finishing companies.

Feedback on the proposed changes can be voiced until Friday, March 12, 2010 by e-mailing wwdfeedback@winnipeg.ca.

The city will also hold two public forums on Tuesday, February 9 and Wednesday, February 10 at the Masonic Memorial Temple, 420 Corydon Avenue.

They each run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., respectively. Presentations will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Residents can see the draft bylaw and other information at Winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste.


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