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Reports on untreated sewage

As requested by the Province of Manitoba, we report on the incidents of untreated sewer release into the environment as a result of a disruption to our wastewater collection system. These events are usually the result of something unanticipated like a water main break or a power outage. When sewer operations are disrupted, the sewage can be released into the environment, which helps protect public health and prevent property damage like basement flooding.

2007

Date Location Estimated
discharge
Estimated
duration
Cause Incident details and response
September 17 Red River - Jessie Street lift station Unknown 60 minutes Water main break
  • High level alarm received at 3:30 a.m. due to large volume of drinking water draining into combined sewer from water main break on Hugo Street between Jessie and McMillan.
  • Crew arrived at 4:10 a.m. and found flow to the station exceeding pumping capacity.
  • Estimate that overflow to Red River started approximately 3:40 a.m.
  • Crew immediately began closing sluice gate on outfall pipe.
  • Gate closed and discharge of diluted raw sewage stopped at 4:40 a.m.
  • Incident reported to Manitoba Conservation, Manitoba Environmental Accident Reporting Line and Environment Canada.
February 16 Red River - Hawthorne Avenue lift station 22000 litres 20 minutes Water main break
  • High level alarm received at 3:20 a.m. due to large volume of drinking water draining into combined sewer from water main break in the 500 block of McLeod Ave.
  • Crew arrived at 3:45 a.m. and found overflow to river just starting.
  • Crew immediately began closing combined sewer outfall gate and discharge stopped at 4:05 a.m.
  • Incident reported to Manitoba Conservation, Manitoba Environmental Accident Reporting Line and Environment Canada.
January 25 Red River - Cockburn sewage pumping station 20000 litres 25 minutes Water main break
  • High level alarm received at 8 p.m. due to large volume of drinking water draining into combined sewer from major water main break at Grant Ave. and Nathaniel St.
  • Crew arrived at 8:20 p.m. and found overflow to river just beginning.
  • Crew immediately began closing gate and had it closed by 8:45 p.m.
  • Alarm ended at 10:04 p.m. and gate opened.
  • Incident reported to Manitoba Environmental Accident Reporting Line and Environment Canada.

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Last updated: January 11, 2018