Sewage

Sewage (or wastewater) from homes and businesses is treated and discharged from treatment facilities throughout the province. Facilities vary in size, treatment level and ownership type. Most large scale treatment facilities in the province are owned and operated by municipalities or regional governments.

Authorization

Reclaimed water usage and municipal wastewater discharges must be authorized. The appropriate authorization will depend on the type of water reuse, type of discharge or rate of discharge.

Discharges to ground (>22.7m3/d) and most discharges to water and reclaimed water uses, are authorized under the Environmental Management Act by one of the following instruments.

Discharges to ground (<22.7m3/d), including sewerage systems which serve a single family residence, are authorized under the Public Health Act.

Federal Regulations

Canada and B.C. are currently working together on an equivalency agreement for federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations.

For further information on the federal regulations, please contact Environment Canada.

Wastewater Treatment Facilities

Useful Contacts

Contact a specific regional office for information about existing or proposed discharges.

Mailing
Address:
PO Box 9339 STN PROV GOVT Victoria, B.C. V8W 9M1
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