LETTER: North Van wastewater plant is getting an upgrade

Dear Editor:

Maureen Bragg in her letter of Dec. 12 (Sewage: Tertiary Treatment, Not Second Best) criticizes our new North Vancouver wastewater plant for having only primary and secondary treatment.

According to her, we are allowed by the federal government to use only primary/secondary treatment because the Salish Sea is rated as a lower risk for pollutants than the Great Lakes.

Well, this does not surprise me since we do not drink the salt water of the Salish Sea, but the Great Lakes are a major source of drinking water for Canadian provinces and American states.

Contrary to her claim that our new plant is built “to the lowest possible standard,” this new plant is upgraded from the existing primary treatment only plant to primary plus secondary treatment.

John Hunter
North Vancouver

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