First a sewage treatment plant failed, and now the Halifax Regional Municipality is giving up on attempts to screen out solids from flowing into the harbour.The new sewage treatment system, the $330 million (and counting) project called Harbour Solutions, is by any objective standard a colossal failure. What's stunning, though, is that the present reality of sewage non-treatment in Halifax is worse than even the most strident critics of Harbour Solutions predicted.
About 80 million litres of wastewater has been flowing into Halifax harbour every day since January, when a sewage treatment plant malfunctioned and flooded following a power outage.
The solids, called "floatables," were screened at seven combined sewer outfall stations on the waterfront, but the screens were never designed to work continuously. So last week, Halifax Water, the municipality's water commission, was forced to remove them.