What is the Sewer Use Bylaw?
The Sewer Use By-law ensures that the sanitary and stormwater sewers work properly by limiting and preventing residents and businesses from pouring or flushing harmful and dangerous materials (chemicals, oils, fats, grease, salt, baby wipes etc.) down drains, toilets and stormwater sewers.
The by-law acts as a regulatory tool to help us prevent damage, reduce maintenance costs, keep our staff and community safe and protects the Speed River and the environment.
The by-law also regulates the disposal of waste which is not directly connected to the sewer system and is hauled by truck to the wastewater treatment plant (i.e. septic tanks, portable toilets).
Who enforces the Sewer Use Bylaw?
The City’s Environmental Protection Officers are responsible for inspections, responding to complaints, and investigating by-law violations. Changes to the Bylaw will enable them to issue tickets for a variety of offences in addition to laying charges for repeat violations. Their primary goal is to work towards by-law compliance through educating users about the reasons for the regulations – to protect health, safety, and the environment.
What does the by-law update mean for the residents of the City of Guelph?
What changes for business will be made to the Sewer Use By-law?
Some of the proposed changes to the By-law include the following:
How do limits on the discharges of various substances help the sewer system?
Limiting the discharge of various substances helps the system operate properly by reducing blockages and backups, preventing corrosion, and protecting the health and safety of wastewater operations staff. Some substances will disrupt the wastewater treatment facility, resulting in increased costs and risk to the Speed River where treated water is discharged.