Sanitary Sewer (Toilets, Showers, Laundry)
Within the City Boundaries, sewage is collected from buildings through underground pipes. The sewage flows by gravity and pump stations to treatment lagoons on the north and south sides of the City. The South Lagoons discharge to the Peace River on a continuous basis, whereas the North Lagoons discharge to the Beatton River is on a seasonal basis.
Some of the issues the City must consider include large peak flows during rainstorms, which can cause basement flooding, and phosphorous, oil and radioactive substances that are not currently being removed before sewage enters the rivers.
Did you know flushable wipes are not really flushable?
Storm Sewer (Rainwater, Snow Melt)
Rainwater and snow melt is collected in ditches and gutters and then enters the pipe network through catch basins and ditch inlets. The water flows by gravity to the north and south, exiting the pipe network into ditches, then into creeks and eventually into the Peace and Beatton River.
Concerns include the large volumes of pesticides, oil and silt the City discharges into local creeks and rivers.
If you are concerned about Fort St. John's sewage system, the City encourages you to get involved through the Public Advisory Committee. The Committee deals with the Cost of Treatment, Basement Flooding, Oily or Radioactive Wastes in the Rivers, Illegal Sewer Dumping, Phosphorous in the Rivers, Water Conservation, Re-use of Bio-Solids, Zoning Bylaws Around Lagoons, Sewer Odors, Aging Infrastructure, Sitting Water, and Open Ditches. The Committee also participates in forming the Liquid Waste Management Plan. The plan defines the issues and problems related to liquid waste. It then identifies all feasible solutions, evaluates the options and selects the preferred one.