Controlling biohazard levels in sewage virtually impossible


by admin on April 20, 2011

The Editor,

Thank you for publishing the La Peche sewage plant design (Low Down, April 13 edition), which was not available on the Municipality of La Peche website.

The septic sludge separated from its liquid at Stage 1 of the process will be spread onto local farm fields. This is ill-advised. Farmers in other jurisdictions have now found that their farm fields have become chemically contaminated, following the application of septic sludge.

The biohazard level of the final-stage, aerated and UV-treated sewage is too concentrated for deposit into the Gatineau River. The river does not have sufficient water flow to safely dilute the biohazard, given the massive amount of sewage to be processed.

In the future, Wakefield village residents may need to draw their drinking water from the Gatineau River at a source near the covered bridge. Extreme amounts of chlorine will be required to render the biohazard-polluted river water potable for human consumption. The chemical contamination can not be filtered. Wakefield residents will be drinking various chemicals without their consent.

In Walkerton, Ontario residents unknowingly drank insufficently-chlorinated water which had no visible or odor evidence of contamination. One Walkerton victim needed the surgical removal of her bowel as a result of drinking the water.

Obviously, Wakefield area residents will not be able to swim downstream of the La Peche sewage plant as it’s presently designed. I wish to retain my internal organs for the remainder of my lifespan.

The septic sledge must be incinerated at the La Peche sewage plant – not poured onto local farm fields. The final-stage aerated and UV-treated sewage at the La Peche sewage plant must either be:

(a) tanker-trucked for direct deposit into the Ottawa River;

(b) boiled off in factory evaporators using the heat of the septic sludge incineration;

(c) converted to steam in boilers, using the heat of the septic sludge incineration, with the condensed and cooled steam later poured into the Gatineau River.

An independant biohazard contractor must be hired to monitor the La Peche sewage plant emissions.

The bio-hazard contractor monitoring reports must be published simultaneously to both the municipality of La Peche officials and residents such that a Walkerton tragedy will not be repeated.


Norman Bourgault

Wakefield, Quebec