Our most recent report is being cited as the City of Windsor announces a major upgrade to their sewage system. They’ll be investing $60 million to construct a new water retention basin that will capture and store untreated sewage that would previously be released into the water system.

“This is the solution,” St. Louis said. “It’s very good for our environment and our city — that’s for sure.”

For years, environmental groups have criticized Windsor as one of the top polluters of the Great Lakes when it comes to raw sewage.

According to the group Ecojustice, Windsor dumped 4.3 billion litres of untreated sewage and stormwater into the Detroit River from 2006 to 2007.

The basin will provide temporary storage for wastewater overflows until proper treatment can be performed – a strategy that should stop up to 90% of the overflow sewage currently escaping treatment in Windsor’s sewage system. In our recently release report Flushing Out the Truth, Windsor was cited as one of the provinces worst sewage offenders. This also might end up being the first of many such improvements across Canada. The federal government has announced that they’ll be tabling new national, legally binding, wastewater standards before the end of the year. And like this solution in Windsor, they’ll be offering municipalities federal infrastructure money to put major upgrades in place.

For now, this needed upgrade to Windsor’s treatment infrastructure will go a long way towards improving their performance, and the health of the Detroit River.