Nova Scotia's sewage sludge plan receives some funds

The Province of Nova Scotia recently moved closer to initiating the cleanup of raw sewage in its harbour. The federal government pledged $30-million and on September 18 Premier John Hamm announced that the provincial government would invest $30-million of the $315-million needed to build three sewage treatment facilities.

For decades there has been public outcry to cleanup the approximately 180 million litres of raw sewage that flows into the harbour daily — enough to fill about 25 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

While the municipality would like to build the treatment plants within one year, plans will likely be delayed due to receiving about half as much from the federal government than was expected.

To read articles about sewage sludge treatment, see the October/November 2002 edition of this magazine as well as the "Sewage sludge controversy reports" topic in the "Posted documents" section regarding the August/September 2002 edition.