In December, 2011, the Town of Lakeshore passed a new Sewer Use Bylaw. By-law 80-2011.
Why is the Sewer Use By-law needed?
The purpose of the Sewer Use By-law is to protect aquatic environments, public health and safety, Town of Lakeshore sewage works, wastewater treatment processes, and to control biosolids quality.
It is important to know that there are two types of sewers systems within the Town of Lakeshore. The sanitary sewer carries wastewater from homes and business to the wastewater treatment plant where it is treated. The storm sewer system collects rain water and melted snow from the streets and discharges it into local creeks, streams, rivers and Lake St. Clair.
In order to maintain properly functioning sanitary and storm sewers, hazardous substances such as paints and fuels must not enter the municipal sewer systems. In order to ensure that this does not happen, discharges must be controlled at their sources.
The Town sewer systems collect discharges from residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional sources and directs the flow either to a wastewater treatment plant or to a natural waterway. The treatment process at a wastewater treatment plant is designed to treat domestic waste. It does not efficiently remove a variety of pollutants which can interfere with the wastewater treatment plant by upsetting the biological treatment, accumulate in biosolids making them unsuitable for reuse, or pass through untreated and end up in the natural environment. It is also important to note that the design and function of the storm sewer system directs anything that enters a storm drain directly into a natural watercourse, these discharges are not treated.
The benefits of the Sewer Use By-law:
Healthier aquatic environment
Protection of Lake St. Clair and its tributaries
Improved water quality
Safe conditions for recreational water activities
Continued beauty of local natural resource for citizensâ€™ enjoyment
Unacceptable discharges to the sanitary and storm sewers could result in:
The release of harmful substances to local watercourses
Damage to municipal infrastructure
Interference with the normal operation of the wastewater treatment plants
An inability to re-use the treated sludge (biosolids) as an agricultural fertilizer
A threat to the health and safety of the public and staff of the Town of Lakeshore
Extraneous rainwater entering the sanitary sewer systems which can contribute to basement flooding.