Canadian cities stop discharging raw sewage to ocean

Until recently, the wastewater of some 320,000 people in the Greater Victoria area of British Columbia, Canada, was being discharged directly into the ocean after undergoing only the simplest of preliminary treatment. That all changed in December, when the new 108 ML/d McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant began operations. The crown jewel of the Capital Regional District’s 775 million Canadian dollars ($605 million) Wastewater Treatment Project, the McLoughlin Point facility treats wastewater to a tertiary level before discharging it through a new outfall extending approximately 2 km into the ocean.

In addition to the McLoughlin Point facility, the CRD’s Wastewater

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