A reversed connection is an improperly connected or defective connection in equipment that enables wastewater to run elsewhere than into a sanitary or combined sewer system. The water might be flowing:
Reversed connections may be a result of:
Reversed connections can constitute a source of pollution for beaches, lakes, waterways and wetlands. Given that water quality is paramount to maintaining biodiversity and our quality of life, it is essential that reversed connections be eliminated.
An unlawful connection of a storm sewer to the sanitary sewer system.
There is an obligation to act:
Thus, every municipality that has a storm sewer system and that has signed an agreement with MAMH under one of these government assistance programs is required to implement a program to eliminate reversed connections. According to MAMH, close to 250 municipalities in Quebec have such agreements.
Gatineau developed an action plan to eliminate reversed connections in its municipal sanitary sewer systems. That action plan involves identifying and correcting reversed connections throughout its territory.
Gatineau is currently identifying reversed connections for an overview of the situation within its territory.
Gatineau is still at the stage of identifying problem areas, so no corrective measures are required on the part of property owners, nor will any notices of violation be issued. Gatineau is reviewing its by-law on sewer and water supply system connections. The new by-law will, among other things, establish how the costs of corrective measures are to be allocated between the municipality and the property owner based on a number of factors.
Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 291,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.