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(Posted 7:30 a.m., Aug. 29)
Environment committee endorses motion to track down sewage violators
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The city's environment committee has endorsed a motion brought forward by Somerset Ward Coun. Diane Holmes seeking permission from the province to enter homes suspected of illegally dumping sewage into the stormwater system, without the need for a court order.

City staff have so far found 30 homes dumping directly into the storm sewers and they suspect there are at least 20 others doing the same. And while the problem is not widespread, it does add to the bacteria problem in the Ottawa River because stormwater is untreated.

The motion passed by a 6-3 margin. Gloucester-South Nepean Steve Desroches voted against the motion which feels is overly intrusive.

“I really don’t think we need a SWAT team in the water department to deal with this issue,” said Desroches.

After passing Holmes motion, the committee also endorsed a moyion that would provide money to homeowners to fix the problem by providing a grant for 50 per cent of the costs to a limit of $2,500

The motion will go before council on Sept. 12.

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