New tech solutions for homeowners In Montreal’s wastewater nightmare

Montreal’s wastewater nightmare

Montreal’s wastewater nightmare, like the rest of Quebec, is having trouble with its sewers and waterways. Environmental groups have been reported by the Montreal Gazette as commenting that the waterways have become open air sewers, the impact of poor waste control and a weakening system becoming clear in the city’s natural ecosystems. For homeowners, there are steps you can take if your street has become a ground zero for waste management issues that aren’t caused by the own stewardship of your property.

Montreal’s wastewater nightmare


Getting involved by providing information
Montreal homeowners have a historical responsibility for the pipe-works in and around their property. This responsibility was changed in 2015, and, according to CTV News, 2019 saw the slow replacement of lead pipes in properties across the city. However, if there is a problem in your road, there are actions homeowners can take. Using 4mm borescopes, available here, homeowners can assess damage and issues where they have access, and provide that information to the city. This, combined with consistent pressure, will help to remediate sewage issues.

Political pressure
Political pressure is now building on city and state authorities, following the untimely closure of The Open Door shelter due to sewage overflows. As CBC reports, this left 80 rooms unavailable to homeless people who had been promised somewhere to stay over a weekend in late 2020. Homeowners can add to pressure through joining causes like those examining how and why the center was shut down. They can also do their part by reducing their waste.

Water waste reduction
Sewage is immediately impacted by the water usage within your home. That doesn’t just mean when you waste water, either. All of the water you use is flushed into the same outlets, and that means increased grey or clean water from wastage will increase the burden on sewage systems. CBC recommends two key ways to help reduce water waste. Firstly, think about your bathroom use. Leaking toilets can waste 1,800L every day. Flushing the toilet less can help to remediate water waste. Secondly, try to reuse water whenever you use the shower or bath – collect it, and use it for plants or refilling the toilet after a flush.

Taking some minor steps, and being proactive with managing problems as they arise, will help you contribute to solving Montreal’s wastewater problems. It is, arguably, a problem for the city authority. However, harm is never done by completing a little civic duty.

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