Excessive rainfall shuts down Hamilton wastewater plant

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After nearly an inch of rainfall in Hamilton since Sunday, the City of Hamilton announced that as of 3:30 a.m. on Monday, the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant entered by-pass mode.

Bypasses occur in extreme wet weather, when the amount of wastewater entering the sewer system exceeds the capacity of the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant,” stated the City of Hamilton. “Wet weather from yesterday and today have exceeded the capacity of the treatment plant.”

The Woodward Avenue Treatment Plant has an average daily capacity of 409 million litres.

This complex repurposes the produced methane gas and uses it as fuel or converts into electricity. The treated biosolids, after being conditioned, are approved for use on agricultural land.

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