7:30 a.m., Aug. 29)
Environment committee endorses motion to track down sewage
city's environment committee has endorsed a motion brought
forward by Somerset Ward Coun. Diane Holmes seeking permission
from the province to enter homes suspected of illegally
dumping sewage into the stormwater system, without the
need for a court order.
staff have so far found 30 homes dumping directly into
the storm sewers and they suspect there are at least 20
others doing the same. And while the problem is not widespread,
it does add to the bacteria problem in the Ottawa River
because stormwater is untreated.
motion passed by a 6-3 margin. Gloucester-South Nepean
Steve Desroches voted against the motion which feels is
really dont think we need a SWAT team in the water
department to deal with this issue, said Desroches.
passing Holmes motion, the committee also endorsed a moyion
that would provide money to homeowners to fix the problem
by providing a grant for 50 per cent of the costs to a
limit of $2,500
motion will go before council on Sept. 12.
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