What Are You Flushing Down The Drain?
Simple cleaning practices that will help keep Lake Simcoe and Barrie water clean
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or most of us, the story of water ends when it disappears down the drain. But in reality, our wastewater begins the final and a crucial portion of its journey in the recycling of water, affecting both the quality of water in our Lake and at our Water Pollution Control Center (WPCC).
Harmful Storm Sewer Practices
According to Environmental Investigation and Response Supervisor Diane Moreau, “Residents and businesses play a huge role because anything they discharge down the sewer system that the wastewater treatment plant can’t treat or manage ultimately costs the businesses and tax payers more money to operate the plant.”
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We dispose of water in two ways: inside our homes or businesses down sanitary sewers where the wastewater makes its way to the WPCC for treatment and then to Lake Simcoe; or outside down the streets’ storm sewers that direct the surface and rain water to streams and ultimately Kempenfelt Bay. If we are not careful, certain products and hazardous materials can create blockages or damage in both your home and business’s plumbing or within the WPCC, interfering with regular processing, as well as put the health and safety of Barrie staff and the public at risk. As for surface water that enters our streets’ storm sewers, it is not treated. Therefore, many hazardous substances we add to it make its way to natural water channels and Kempenfelt Bay, harming sensitive ecosystems along the way and costing us money and time in repairs. But the story can have a happier ending. By being aware of what you dispose of in your water, you can avoid these harmful and costly mistakes and help keep our waters clean. Here are some common practices that may be contaminating and harmful to our sewers along with healthier alternatives that you can start using today:
Washing your car on your driveway, thus dirt containing chemicals, oil, grease, and heavy metals runs with the water into the storm sewers and straight into Lake Simcoe.
Pouring oil from maintenance equipment such as lawnmowers down catch basins. Discharging cooking oil and grease from the hospitality sector into catch basins.
Pouring floor wash water from residents and contractors into catch basins.
Pouring renovation wash water containing paint, drywall, or grout down the storm sewer.
Harmful Sanitary Sewer Practices
Flushing industrial wastewater with a low or high pH into the sanitary sewer.
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Dumping pharmaceuticals into the sanitary sewer.
Flushing hazardous materials, oil and grease into sanitary sewer. Flushing Baby Wipes (marketed as “flushable”), cloths, and rags into the sanitary sewer.
Plan a trip to the local commercial car wash. The water from the car wash discharges into the sanitary sewer system, not the storm sewer and therefore is treated and recycled. Plus, car washes often use less water.
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Apply a pretreatment system prior to flushing waste into the sanitary sewer or contain the waste in a drum and dispose of it by a Ministry of Environment licensed contractor at a licensed facility.
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Bring pharmaceuticals back to the pharmacy for free.
Hazardous materials such as oil and grease can be disposed of at the MHSWD for free. Dispose of Baby Wipes, cloths and rags in the garbage.
Kempenfest features well
children’s activities all set along the beautiful shores of Kempenfelt Bay.
Employment Opportunities The City of Barrie currently has the following vacancies:
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What Makes Kempenfest a Top Provincial Festival? Barrie may host plenty of festivals, but Kempenfest, held annually during the Civic Holiday long weekend is one of the largest most significant events. In fact, it is many festivals rolled into one. It began 40 years ago with local charities and service clubs joining forces to raise funds and create an amazing weekend. Today, the festival has blossomed into one of Ontario’s Top 100 events, raising over $250,000 for various community projects. Check-out some of the following reasons why Kempenfest is an Ontario favourite.
Huronia Festival Arts & Crafts Exhibits
Read more about how you can help keep the harm out of our waste water by visiting www.barrie.ca
Have Questions about the HST?
Heritage Park www.barrie.ca Be part of an Interactive Celebration. Come and experience the diversity of rhythmic expression including live entertainment, music and dance instruction, and instrument-making workshops.
June 9 – August 25 Lawn Chair Luminata
Heritage Park www.downtownbarrie.ca An outdoor series held every Wednesday evening throughout the summer featuring theatre, music, film and art all set in Heritage Park. Bring your lawn chair!
Downtown Barrie (705) 734-1414 , www.downtownbarrie.ca Great food, BBQ competition, celebrity cook-off, craft beer show and entertainment.
celebrating its 40th year,
Having what may be the largest annual outdoor arts and crafts fair in Canada, Kempenfest stands out from other festivals with the participation of more than 400 selected artisans. All proceeds benefit community arts programs.
9th Annual Ribfest and Craft Beer Show
100 Events in Ontario and
entertainment, midway, and
Southshore Community Centre
July 8 - 11
Named one of the Top
vendors as well as antiques,
Oil and grease from the hospitality sector must be disposed of by a Ministry of Environment licensed contractor at a licensed facility.
Rinse such items as paintbrushes with water or a solvent in a container with a lid, to be disposed later at the MHSWD for free.
On the beautiful shores of Kempenfelt Bay
over 300 arts and crafts
Dispose of used oil at the City of Barrie Municipal Household Special Waste Depot (MHSWD) for free.
Discharge wash water into the sanitary sewer, such as the laundry sink.
Friday, July 30 to Monday August 2
Barrie Public Library (705) 728-1010 www.library.barrie.on.ca 60 Worsley Street
August 13 – 15 Caribfest
Paint the Park
Queens Park, Skateboard Park 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Spots are first come first serve basis starting at $10. Help rejuvenate the skateboard park with positive graffiti artwork. All abilities welcome! Bring your own spray paint or use the limited selection of spray paint provided. Door prizes from Barrie Paintball. Sponsored by KOOL FM 107.5, Allandale Decorating and Barrie Paintball.
July 30 – August 2
40th Annual Kempenfest
Waterfront Park (705) 739-4216 , www.kempenfest.com One of North America’s largest outdoor arts and crafts festivals including an antique show, food, kids activities, entertainment, and so much more!
Centennial Park (705) 792-6952, www.caribfest.ca Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The third annual Barrie Caribbean Festival promises to be a spectacular array of sights, sounds and tastes of the Caribbean.
August 27 – 28
Barrie Dragon Boat Festival
Heritage Park (705) 728-1010, www.dragonboatfestival.ca Enjoy dragon boat racing, exhibits, children’s activities, and entertainment. 49 Teriffic Teams have already registered. If you want to join us, REGISTER NOW and don’t miss the boat! Paddles up!
Learn about the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) at
www.ontario.ca/taxchange or call 1-800-337-7222
Wednesdays July 7 - August 18
For more information, you can also contact the Canada Revenue Agency:
Family Summer Storytimes
Please choose one of the following times:
or call 1-800-959-5525.
9:30 - 10:00 am or 10:30 - 11:00 am Angus Ross Room
Free Shuttle System
Over 50 Ontario exhibitors present their wares at the Optimist Club Antique Show taking place in the Centennial Park parking lot. The show only includes collector items such as jewellery, blanket boxes, church windows, and so much more. All proceeds go towards supporting local youth.
For those of you who find walking the Lakefront a little much, hop on one of Kempenfest’s Free Shuttles will be operating from one end to other all day.
Music Weary legs? Then relax by the water at one of Kempenfest’s three stages – Main Stage, Lion’s Blue Sky Stage, and the MacLaren Oasis Stage – and let the universal language of music carry you away. This year’s line-up includes a variety of styles from rock to blues and artists such as Trooper, Thunderstruck, Aaron Lines, The Martels, and so many more.
There’s plenty to keep the kids happy from the dizzying rides at the Robertson Traveling Theme Park Midway, activities at the YMCA Children’s Village including rock climbing, pony rides, and jumping castles.
No Wheels, No Problem! For those who don’t want to drive, Kempenfest provides free Park ‘n’ Ride shuttles departing regularly from three different locations – Allandale Rec Centre, Kozlov Centre, and OLG Slots at Georgian Downs. The Allandale and Kozlov shuttle runs every half hour, between 10:00a.m. and 6:00p.m. while the OLG shuttle operates between 10a.m. and 4:35p.m. Click on maps at www.kempenfest.com for a detailed schedule.
Little Bloomer’s Design
Shop fresh at the Barrie Farmer’s Market
It’s Free! It’s Fun! Calling all young gardeners with green thumbs! Use an arrangement of flowers and or plants in a unique container that you created, then enter your creation in the Little Bloomer’s Design contest with the City of Barrie’s Communities in Bloom. Judging will be on July 21, 2010 at the Southshore Centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie at 12:00 (noon).
No registration required. Please note that due to space limitations we cannot accommodate daycamp groups or large daycare groups.
Kempenfest kicks-off Friday evening, July 30th at 7:30p.m. with a salute to Canadian Troops, followed by 70’s rock band, Stampeders at 8:00p.m. Exhibits run Saturday through to Monday from 10a.m. – 6p.m. Go to www.kempenfest.com for more details.
For the Child in All of Us
Located at City Hall 70 Collier Street
More info? www.barrie.ca or call (705) 739-4220 ext: 4826
Stories, songs and activities for children ages 5 and under accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
Buy fresh produce, meats, baked goods, and crafts, from local producers at the Barrie Farmers’ Market - a fresh way to shop.
Please call Jane at (705) 728-1010 ext. 7017 to arrange special visits and storytimes for your group.
For information on news, events, and more visit us online at www.barrie.ca
Optimist Antique Show
See you bright and early on Saturday at 7:00 am!
For more info email: email@example.com
Phone: (705) 726-4242
TTY: (705) 792-7910
Published on Jul 8, 2010