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April 7, 2000
City of Toronto staff work to contain sewage spill in South Etobicoke
Works and Emergency Services -

Sewage that spilled onto Morrison Street, at 11th Street, in southern
Etobicoke has been contained. Clean-up of the spill into the city storm sewer
system and Lake Ontario is on-going.

An accident at approximately 5:00 p.m. today, resulted in an estimated
136 cubic metres or 30,000 gallons of sewage leaking from a punctured force
main pipe onto Morrison Street, at 11th Street. A city contractor hit the pipe
while working on a sewer replacement project. Staff from the Water and
Wastewater Services Division were at the site when the accident happened and
were able to contain the spill within quickly. This was done by using sandbags
to contain the spill and pumping it into the sanitary sewer system. Before the
spill was contained, 136 cubic metres of sewage flowed into the storm sewer
and were discharged to Lake Ontario. The wave action of the lake is keeping
the sewage close to the shore. City staff are pumping the sewage from the lake
into the sanitary sewer system.

"The spill will not have any impact on the drinking water produced at the
city's closest water treatment plant," said Hiroshi Taniguchi, Director, Water
Supply, Water and Wastewater Services Division. He explained that, "the R. L.
Clark Water Treatment Plant's in-take pipe is over two kilometres away from
the location of the spill. However, as a precaution, the water quality of the
water entering the plant is being monitored."

The Ministry of the Environment has been notified. The accident was not
connected to the City's current labour disruption.

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Media Contacts - Works and Emergency Services
April 7 to 9:00 a.m. April 8, Kari Kerr,(416) 891-1058; April 8, from 9:00 a.m., Steve Johnston, (416) 891-1060



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