Montreal’s Raw Sewage
Published: October 4, 2015
Montreal’s Raw Sewage, The City of Montreal is going ahead with its controversial plan to dump eight billion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River.
Pierre Desrochers, the chairman of the city’s executive committee, said at a news conference Friday morning that emptying a major sewer interceptor into the river is the only viable option that will allow necessary construction work to be completed.
‘This is the only option.’ – Pierre Desrochers, executive committee chairman
“After re-examining the situation, our administration has concluded that it’s inevitable that we have to close the interceptor, even if it means diverting the wastewater to the river,” said Desrochers, adding that the quality of drinking water will not be affected.
“We studied all other alternatives, and this is the only option.”
The city estimates it would cost $1 billion dollars to build a temporary diversion or storage area for wastewater.
Mayor Denis Coderre had temporarily put the brakes on the plan after a public backlash earlier this week, saying it needed a second look.
Project Montréal head Luc Ferrandez said that the city’s administration is “indifferent” to the environment.
“Where’s the mayor? If this was about baseball then he would be here,” said Ferrandez.
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