City of Gatineau has announced recently that due to the failing water infrastructure it will have to release untreated sewage into the Lievre River in order to be able to do much needed maintenance work at the pumping station of Quai. The site where sewage will be released is in the area where Lievre river joins the Ottawa river. This affects the east end of the city Buckingham/ Masson – Anger. As confirmed the release will start on Monday and may continue until Wednesday.
What this really means is that all the water used during those days in the city will be flushing right into the Lievre river without treatment or filtration. According to city’s estimate they will be flushing close to 8 Olympic size swimming pools worth of sewage, but of course the final number will depend on how much water is used by residents during that time. Untreated sewage may include nutrients, solids, parasites, bacteria, viruses and other matter.Releasing sewage into the river can negatively affect the river ecosystem by spreading diseases and lead to water degradation, low-oxygen conditions what facilitate spread of invasive species. So what does this really mean for the ecosystem of the Ottawa river?The Ottawa river is not only source of the drinking water but is also offers recreational fishing and has become a popular destinations for anglers! A local grassroots organization Ottawa Riverkeeper has recently met with the city of Gatineau Mayor to discuss the details of the sewage release.
If you live in the area, please use water responsibly during next few days. Looking for more information and details on the release, or want to know how you can help, please check Ottawa Riverkeepers site.For those of you who are fisherman and planning on going fishing in the area of Cumberland & Rockland, you may want to delay your plans and reschedule your outing.