Part 2 – Chatham Thames River, Lake St.Clair, Lake Erie
Algae Blooms and RAW SEWAGE
This is the second algae bloom seen on the Thames River in the Chatham area since a first noticeable bloom was seen in the late summer of 2017.
Heavy Rains 2015 Lake St. Clair’s southern shoreline have visible algae blooms
Since the late 1990s, Lake Erie has been plagued with blooms of toxic ... why harmful algae blooms happen in particular parts of Lake Erie
Raw Sewage from London flows to these locations
Unfortunately, we have an equally serious water problem that needs addressing: the practice of draining of raw and partially treated sewage into our river during periods of intense storms and flooding. London releases an average of 800 million liters of untreated or partially treated sewage into the Thames River each year, or the equivalent of 320 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
To their credit, the City has invested heavily in a sanitary sewer separation program, and plans to continue to do so as need and funds allow. However, the replacement process will take time and the number of kilometers still to be completed is significant.
Experts in the wastewater management field say, London could resolve this issue through the installation of additional storage and treatment systems at specific locations within the City. However, the price tag is significant. Experts have estimated the cost approximately $45 million to install the treatment equipment necessary to protect our river in the near term, while the separation program proceeds over the longer term. There are also alternatives to the separation program which can be implemented more quickly.
The necessary equipment will not completely resolve the problem, but it will make a measurable faster improvement in the quality and grades attributable to our river, which routinely scores poorly when assessed by the Conversation Authority.
The Proposed Solution
The good news is that the extra storage and treatment systems can be installed at the same locations as the sewer structures, and flow performance modernized at the same time.
So, if elected, I shall recommend that we first try to find the funds from the Federal Government for $45 million. With MASS immigration creating a housing boom in Ontario. I feel the Federal government should be paying for upgrades to London 11th largest city in Canada at 495,000 (2016 data) and the other 10 cities with populations above 500,000. Beyond the $45 million for upgrades to the five Facilities that London Ontario runs now. The Federal government should be stepping up to build a 6th Facility in the city of London. Sunningdale and Ilderton are rapidly expanding and I feel we should build another Larger Facility that can also take overflow instead of the RAW dumping.
I would have to work with the five facilities and would like to consult again. I would rather we build for the future before we have to dump more RAW sewage.
Mt. Brydges, Kilworth and Komoka are not currently in the London jurisdiction however, they most likely need upgrades as well.