Environment Canada is the federal government agency responsible for environmental protection. Legislation in the form of the Environmental Protection Act provides overall direction for environmental protection in Canada.
In Ontario, the Ministry of the Environment is the government body responsible for environmental protection, including the provision of clean water through pollution control and prevention. The effluent from the City of Barrie’s treatment facility is required to meet stringent limits established by the Ministry for discharge to receiving waters.
The City of Barrie, Environmental Investigation and Response Section is engaged in wastewater, storm water and water quality management for the area which it serves. The Wastewater Operations Branch manages the Wastewater Treatment Facility and the Oro Biosolids Storage Facility.
The City has enacted legislation specific to its wastewater operation passed by City council in the form of the Sewer Use By-law. This By-law specifies the wastewater quality and quantity standards which must be met by wastewater generators who discharge to the city sewer collection and treatment system. The By-law establishes limits for various parameters to protect the Wastewater Treatment Facility located at 249 Bradford Street.
The City of Barrie continues to keep abreast of the best available technology in the treatment of wastewater. With good planning and selective growth, we look forward with confidence that the City of Barrie and the surrounding municipalities will always be able to enjoy the recreational water of Kempenfelt Bay while maintaining growth and prosperity in a healthy environment.
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