Sewage is one of the largest sources of pollution by volume in Canada. Federal and provincial governments are responsible for enforcing rules to prevent sewage pollution, while municipal governments and sewage commissions are responsible for ensuring that our region has the bestsewage treatment available.

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Potential Impacts

Scientific research has identified several environmental and health impacts resulting from insufficient sewage treatment such as negative impacts on fish and wildlife populations, depletion of dissolved oxygen, restrictions on recreational water use and fishing, and restrictions on drinking water consumption.

Secondary Treatment or Better is the International Standard

While some cities in Canada still discharge raw sewage directly into waterways, Environment Canada points out that about 78% of Canadians on sewer systems are serviced by secondary treatment or better. Only about 19% are serviced by primary treatment, similar to the Greater Moncton facility.

Accordingly, Petitcodiac Riverkeeper believes that the Greater Moncton Sewage Commission must publicly release detailed plans to upgrade treatment to an advanced secondary or tertiary system and develop financial scenarios to achieve this objective.

What can I do?

1) Become a member or make a donation to support Petitcodiac Riverkeeper!

2) Don’t flush inappropriate materials down the toilet, such as medications or toxic substances!

3) Contact Petitcodiac Riverkeeper immediately if you see a sewage spill or overflow!

Sources and Links


Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission 

Environment Canada