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CRD warns about wastewater spill on Salt Spring Island

The mechanical failure at the Ganges treatment plant likely caused by the cold, according to the CRD
Waste water spilled into the Ganges Harbour and may present a health risk, according to the CRD. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The Capital Regional District is warning residents about a wastewater spill after a mechanical failure at Ganges Wastewater Treatment Plant on Salt Spring Island.

The failure was “likely as a result of the current cold temperatures,” the CRD said in a statement.

While crews cleaned up most of the spill, some sewage ran overland, entering the stormwater system leading from the facility to Ganges Creek and washed out into Ganges Harbour.

The CRD has cordoned off some nearby walkways and posted signs warning residents about the potential health risk the wastewater could pose.

“As a precaution and in consultation with Island Health, the affected area will be posted with public health advisory signs until environmental sample results indicate that the affected area no longer poses a health risk,” the CRD said in a statement.

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