July 29, 2020
Oxford County looks to modernize Sewer Use By-law
Residents may review the proposed changes and offer input by September 4, 2020
Oxford County is taking steps to modernize the Sewer Use By-law (SUB), which regulates wastewater discharge into the sanitary sewer system and storm sewers on County roads. The original by-law, which dates back to 1987, establishes acceptable wastewater parameters for industrial, commercial and institutional customers to support the County’s wastewater systems and protect our natural environment.
Modern Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs) are primarily designed to treat human waste through a largely biological treatment process. They are not designed to remove industrial metals or persistent organic pollutants. The best solution, to safeguard the environment and ensure proper operation of municipal WWTPs, is to prevent these types of contaminants from ever entering the sewer system.
Proposed updates to the Sewer Use By-law include:
- Adding storm sewers on County roads, with unacceptable pollutants identified;
- Adding new substances (pesticides, ammonia);
- New industry-specific requirements (motor vehicle repair, food premises, dental offices);
- New requirements for spill response, pre-treatment, sampling and analysis and reporting;
- Revisions to the range of acceptable pH; and
- A revised enforcement process.
These updates will ensure the by-law is better aligned with current standards of practice and will support the long-term effectiveness of Oxford County’s Wastewater Treatment Plants.
The Sewer Use By-law primarily affects industrial and commercial customers. Anyone interested may review the proposed changes online and submit feedback at www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup by Friday, September 4, 2020. Feedback will also be accepted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 519-539-9800, ext. 3087.
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About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 119,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
Donna Kemp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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