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April 26, 2001
City of Toronto to hold workshop on the best options for managing stormwater
  
Works and Emergency Services -- The City of Toronto is hosting a
workshop as part of its commitment to finding ways to reduce the amount of
stormwater runoff flowing into the sewers and to improve the quality of the
runoff that enters the sewer system.

The City is considering the best options for stormwater management in Toronto.
The public's input is being sought at a workshop on Saturday, May 12 in the
Members' Lounge of City Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants will
consider options that range from downspout disconnection and rain barrels,
leaky underground pipes, ditches instead of roadside curbs and constructing
ponds and wetlands in open areas such as parks and ravines.

Storm sewers, connected to road-side grates, drain directly into rivers and
Lake Ontario without any water treatment. Pollution such as oil, dirt and pet
waste bacteria is picked up in the runoff polluting Toronto's rivers and the
lake. Additionally, some areas of Toronto have combined sewers that carry both
stormwater and sanitary sewage in one pipe to sewage treatment plants. In heavy
rain storms, combined sewers may overflow directly into the lake without
treatment because the plants can't handle the flow volume.

To correct these problems, the City of Toronto is developing a stormwater
management plan. The Wet Weather Flow Management Master Plan will find ways to
prevent, reduce and control the pollution in stormwater runoff.

"We want to know how willing people are to participate in stormwater management
around their property. And we want to find out what level of support people
would give to City actions to manage stormwater," said Michael D'Andrea,
Manager of Infrastructure Asset Management, Water and Wastewater Services. "Can
the City count on the public to help solve water pollution?"

A tour of City Hall's rooftop garden will be part of the workshop. People will
see effective stormwater management in action and hear how the garden uses
rainwater as a resource.

Web site: http://www.city.toronto.on. ca/wetweatherflow/


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