Nova Scotia Journal

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Untreated wastewater is again being discharged into the harbour, Halifax Water says

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Key takeaways: 

  • Citizens and visitors should avoid contact with the harbor and flush less in some places.
  • Halifax Water again requests citizens and travelers to avoid contact with Halifax harbour due to untreated wastewater from a pump failure.

Halifax Water again requests people to stay away from Halifax harbour and flush less.

In a press release Sunday evening, the utility said a wastewater pump failure is driving “screened but untreated” wastewater to be discharged into the harbour.

“Locals and tourists are firmly instructed not to go swimming or participate in recreational activities needing water contact in Halifax Harbour till further notice,” the release said.

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Halifax Water again requests people to stay away from Halifax harbour and flush less

The utility requests people staying in Larry Uteck, Park West, Clayton Park, Fairview, and areas of the west and north end of Halifax to decrease the amount of water they flush and pour down their drains. “This will help minimize the possible amount of wastewater discharged into the environment.”

This arrives just over a week after the utility said its Duffus Street wastewater pump had returned to regular operations after another failure caused untreated wastewater and stormwater to flow into the harbor.

Halifax Water representative Jake Fulton replaced a pump at the facility after that failure.

Source – CBC News

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