May 18: Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant currently bypassing

This article contains information regarding the bypassing of the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant as of 9:28 AM, May 18.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

With the heavy amount of rain the City has been hit with since early Sunday morning, the Woodward Wastewater Treatment plant is currently bypassing. The City issued the following press release at 9:28 AM on May 18.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant currently bypassing

The full City of Hamilton press release can be found here.

HAMILTON, ON – Beginning at 9:28 am this morning, the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant entered by-pass mode.

Bypasses occur in wet weather, when the amount of wastewater entering the sewer system exceeds the capacity of the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant. This weekend’s wet weather has exceeded the capacity of the treatment plant.

Also due to the wet weather and continued rain into the evening, there is a possibility that some City sewer overflow (CSO) tanks may overflow. This information will be posted at www.hamilton.ca/wastewatermonitoring

Once the treatment plant bypass and tank overflows are complete, information about the duration and volume will be added to the website at www.hamilton.ca/wastewatermonitoring

Combined sewer systems are common in older cities like Hamilton. Constructing combined sewers was the accepted building practice for over 100 years, with most older major cities like Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Windsor having large combined sewer systems.

Additional resources

www.hamilton.ca/wastewatermonitoring
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iewH6iJMtS0
www.hamilton.ca/sewersystem

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our office here.