Press Release - - Niven Street Pumping Station

Posted on Friday March 20, 2020

Press Release

On March 19th, 2020 the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), being the operating authority for treatment facilities in Temiskaming Shores, was alerted to a mechanical malfunction at the Niven Street Pumping Station. Upon arrival at the facility, it was determined that the pumps were malfunctioning and that un-treated sewage was being bypassed to the natural environment.

Upon further investigation, it has been determined that the cause of the malfunction is a result of disposal wipes being placed into the sewer system. While it is important that each and every resident is ensuring their health and safety by disinfecting their surroundings, these wipes should be disposed of in the proper manner.

Paper products, as well as cloth-like wipes, should not be flushed from your toilets into the sanitary sewer systems. These blockages and malfunctions can and will eventually lead to severe issues such as flooding of the systems, which may back-up into buildings including residences. Toilet paper, by its nature, is manufactured to break down within the sewer system within a very short distance of being introduced from your toilets. Facial tissue, paper towels and other household products should never be flushed into the system.

Currently, City staff and the Ontario Clean Water Agency are working to rectify the situation and are asking residents to refrain from disposing items into the sanitary sewer system that are causing these issues.

For more information Contact:

Douglas Walsh, CET
Director - Public Work
City of Temiskaming Shores
Telephone: (705) 672-3363 Ext. 4126