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Consultations on amendments to the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations

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Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is seeking your input on amendments to the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations, in particular on transitional and temporary authorizations. ECCC is looking for your comments on proposed amendments to the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations with a focus on two specific areas: 

  • Transitional Authorizations: 
    ECCC is proposing to allow eligible communities another opportunity to receive an extension (transitional authorization) to comply with the Regulations. The rules for qualifying for this extension, and the deadline to upgrade or build a new wastewater treatment facility would remain the same. For more details on transitional authorizations, read the Notice of Intent in the Canada Gazette.
  • Expansion of existing temporary bypass authorization:
    ECCC is also proposing to expand the existing temporary bypass authorizations in the Regulations to include planned releases of wastewater from sewer systems. This approach is being considered to improve transparency and result in the least possible impact on the environment. The amended regulations would allow eligible communities to apply for a temporary bypass authorization for short term releases.

CWWA’s Wastewater and Stormwater Committee will be participating in the consultation. Access the consultation at: