In addition to protecting the municipal wastewater treatment system, the bylaw protects the environment by regulating discharge into the municipal storm sewer system.
Storm sewers are designed to carry rain and snow melt away from homes and roads. Water entering the storm sewer system is not treated prior to discharge into the environment. Swimming pools contain chemicals that are harmful to fish and other aquatic life living in our lakes, rivers and creeks.
The city was forced to close Bell Park beach in July after a resident drained their pool into a nearby storm sewer, resulting in algae making its way into Ramsey Lake.
When draining swimming pools, residents must not discharge wastewater:
-either directly or indirectly into a storm sewer (ie. catch basins and ditches),
-onto a neighbour's property or
-over a valley or ravine slope, as pool water may cause erosion and damage to vegetation.
The best way to drain pools is at a slow trickle onto your own property so wastewater evaporates or soaks into the ground.
Residents also have the option to contract the services of a licensed waste hauler or to discharge by way of a temporary connection to the sanitary sewer system, which requires written authorization of an official of the city’s Water/Wastewater division.
Residents who do not comply with the bylaw are liable for a maximum fine of up to $5,000 per day for a first offence. Corporations are liable for a fine up to $50,000 per day for a first offence.
For more information on the sewer use bylaw, visit www.greatersudbury.ca or dial 311 for municipal services.