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Coverage of sewer systems since July 14, 2023.

Updates needed on Charlie Lake’s sewer system

"...McElhanney was hired by the Peace River Regional District to evaluate the existing sewer system, collection system, lift station and wastewater treatment plant and draft a capital improvement plan, including recommendations. ..."

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West Toronto residents report raw sewage after boring machine freed

"...The construction in their neighbourhood originally began as a storm sewer project to stop localized basement flooding. That work still has yet to be completed, and residents have been left crying foul and filthy. In a statement, the city says there have been some “recent challenges with the sanitary sewer,” which transports wastewater released from toilets, drains, and sinks to a wastewater treatment plant in the area..."

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Ghost River traces Baltimore’s natural and social history

"...A new, 1. 5-mile-long, multi-site art installation by Baltimore artist Bruce Willen traces this natural history and places it on view for the public. Willen’s piece Ghost River is a neighborhood-spanning public art piece that places installations, wayfinding markers, and text revealing the hidden path of Sumwalt Run, a creek that was lost in 1905 when Baltimore officials laid out the city’s sewage system..."

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Canadian municipalities want to become ‘spongier’ to build climate resilience

"...The idea, she said, is to divert stormwater into low areas or channels planted with trees, shrubs and grasses, so that more of it is absorbed on the surface and less flows into sewers, lakes or rivers. As an added benefit, the plants filter the water before it enters the system, removing some of the pollutants it picks up from streets..."

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Montreal to invest heavily in sponge infrastructure to combat seasonal flooding

"...“There are places in the city where, with every torrential rainfall they find themselves flooded, so what do we do? I have to change the territory, I can't let it go,” Plante said. She added that some people have even found themselves in a situation where they are no longer insurable. “It is incredibly sad to see people who come to cry in a district council,” Plante said..."

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Stoney Creek intersection of Highway 8 to be closed for 1 month

"...Construction will begin to complete upgrades to the underground sewer system and the work needed to restore the roadway and surrounding curb once completed..."

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Dewitt Road and Highway 8's intersection set to close for one month

"...The planned work includes curb replacement, updates to sanitary sewer systems and road restoration..."

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‘I'm running out of underwear, too, folks!' West Kelowna fire chief calls for patience from evacuees Globalne

"...He said they are then looking at debris and hazards that may be on the roads and properties, and whether the scorched ground is either a fireguard put in by firefighters or a burned area. Then local governments come in and look at things like utilities, making sure firefighters have enough water to fight fires, that the sewer system and power are secured, and that natural gas is secured or on..."

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The weird way that human waste is killing corals

"...The parrotfish is a critical player in the reef ecosystem, keeping the growth of algae in check. Photo by NOAA Photo Library/Flickr (CC BY 2. 0)“Even with a severe heat wave in 2015, 20 per cent of those reefs that were in cleaner water with the herbivore fish not only went got through the heat, but some improved,” says Arizona State University ecologist Greg Asner, co-author of the study, who leads the Allen Coral Atlas reef mapping project..."

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Cache Creek cleanup continues as village gets more funding for flood planning

"...Couture adds that most of the Cache Creek sewer system is gravity-fed. “The natural slope we have in pipes brings everything to its termination point at the wastewater treatment plant. If we raise that chunk of pipe then we need a force main to collect the wastewater, lift it up, and put it through another pipe..."

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Judge backs Lacombe County in communal sewage fight

"...County has right to require property owners to connect to communal sewage system, says judge Paul CowleyJul. 20, 2023 4:50 p. m..."

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Skaha sewer system owner hit with over $190k in penalties

"...The six different administrative penalties levied by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation for multiple breaches of municipal wastewater regulations total $197,000 in fines..."

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Water/Wastewater Systems Operator-in-Training - City of Nanaimo (Nanaimo, BC)

"...For detailed information on this position and for more information on our community, please visit our website at https://www. nanaimo. ca..."

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Water/Wastewater Operator (2 or 3) - Regional District of East Kootenay (Windermere, BC)

"...Supervised by the Utilities Superintendent, the Water/Wastewater Operator is primarily responsible for operating and maintaining 6 water and 2 wastewater systems. Essential Qualifications:..."

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Environmental Protection Technician - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...Cover letters should express interest and highlight additional information relevant to the position and resumes should include a tailored summary of skills and experience related to the position..."

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Wastewater/Drainage Operator - City of Nanaimo (Nanaimo, BC)

"...For detailed information on this position and for more information on our community, please visit our website at https://www. nanaimo. ca/..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about sewer systems.

Rundown apartments reborn as food-forest coliving Agritopia

"...In 2007, Ole and Maitri Ersson bought the rundown Cabana apartment complex in the city and immediately began to de-pave parking spaces to make space for what today is a huge permaculture coliving space and urban food forest..."

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Why flush toilets are crap and what to do about it

"...They take at least six liters of water to flush poop! Our sewer systems haven't changed much for centuries and are unfit for a world of climate change and booming populations..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about sewer systems relevant to the latest news.

Improving urban drainage systems to mitigate PPCPs pollution in surface water: A watershed perspective

"...In general, the target pollutants were detected at higher concentrations in the dry season than in the wet season, but extraordinary concentration peaks in water were observed downstream of wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), indicating a dominant contribution from combined sewage overflows (CSOs) during rainfall events..."

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Phase II MS4 challenges: moving toward effective stormwater management for small municipalities

"...The five challenges are summarized as beliefs that: (1) agricultural land use is the largest pollutant contributor and the root cause of pollution problems; (2) stormwater management only benefits downstream communities; (3) large, expensive projects are required to comply with regulations; (4) maintenance, monitoring, and inspection of best management practices (BMPs) is overwhelmingly complex and expensive; and (5) a lack of direct funding makes complying with regulations an impossible task..."

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Urban total phosphorus loads to the St. Clair-Detroit River System

"...Most of the urban load (56%) comes from a single point source, the wastewater treatment facility in Detroit; however, TP loads from that facility have decreased by about 51% since 2008 due to improvements in wastewater treatment..."

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Prioritization of stormwater management sites in urban areas

"...Multiple pressures as urbanization, densification and climate change lead to the need for adaptation of sewer systems within urban environments..."

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Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in sewage and wastewater treatment plants in Mexico

"...The influent, effluent, and activated sludge from two domestic wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) were evaluated from the early stage of the epidemic to July 2020..."

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Pin-pointing groundwater infiltration into urban sewers using chemical tracer in conjunction with physically based optimization

"...Groundwater infiltration into sanitary sewers increases hydraulic loadings of sewage collection systems and threatens wastewater treatment efficiency..."

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Experimental study on volatile sulfur compound inhibition using a single-chamber membrane-free microbial electrolysis cell

"...Odor emissions from sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants have attracted much attention due to the potential negative effects on human health..."

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Modelling daily and hourly loads of pharmaceuticals in urban wastewater

"...They usually assume that the loads of pharmaceuticals entering a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) are proportional to the pharmaceuticals sales..."

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