Suspected Sanitary Forcemain Failure: Huron Street and Heritage Drive - Update

July 25, 2022
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Staff have confirmed that the sanitary forcemain failure at Huron Street and Heritage Drive was caused by construction activity happening in close proximity to sanitary forcemains near 31 Huron Street. 

Drilling at the site caused direct damage to the forcemain, however the Town intends to undertake further inspections of the forcemains to determine if there is any other damage. The developer and builder responsible for the construction activity have been cooperative in fixing the issue.

Staff estimate that approximately 1,500 m3 of untreated sewage was discharged, however 115 m3 was hauled to the Wastewater Treatment Plant for treatment and another small pump was set up to send liquids to a nearby sanitary manhole on Sunday.

The health and safety of the public is the Town’s number one concern. Out of an abundance of caution the Town has posted swim advisory signs along the waterfront including the promenade, Birch Street, Millennium Park, boat launch and Sunset Point. The Town is working with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and will be testing the water in the recreational swimming areas. Signage will be removed, and public notification will follow when the swim advisories are lifted.