Infrastructure Problems

Perhaps you do not see it, but much of Canada’s infrastructure is in bad shape. Roads, bridges, water delivery systems, sewage systems. Much of our infrastructure is old, and not only in constant need of repair, but in many cases should be replaced.

A story in today’s Globe and Mail is a good example. “Ontario’s outdated sewers send waste into waterways.”

As municipalities have grown, the core of their sewer systems has not been properly maintained or grown. According to the G&M article, “The culprit is combined sewers, which carry untreated sewage and rainwater in a single pipe, said Liat Podolsky, a science researcher at Ecojustice and co-author of the report. During wet weather, the volume of flow often exceeds the sewers’ capacity, causing the untreated sewage and storm water to overflow into local waterways.”