Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations (SOR/2012-139)

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These regulations aim to reduce the threats to fish and their habitat, and to human health from fish consumption. They decrease the level of deleterious substances from wastewater effluents deposited into waters frequented by fish. They also set achievable national effluent quality standards for owners and operators of wastewater systems that collect and discharge up to 100 cubic metres or more of effluent per day.

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These regulations aim to reduce the threats to fish and their habitat, and to human health from fish consumption. They decrease the level of deleterious substances from wastewater effluents deposited into waters frequented by fish. They also set achievable national effluent quality standards for owners and operators of wastewater systems that collect and discharge up to 100 cubic metres or more of influent per day.

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Regulations are current to 2021-02-15 and last amended on 2015-01-01. Previous Versions

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These regulations aim to reduce the threats to fish and their habitat, and to human health from fish consumption. They decrease the level of deleterious substances from wastewater effluents deposited into waters frequented by fish. They also set achievable national effluent quality standards for owners and operators of wastewater systems that collect and discharge up to 100 cubic metres or more of effluent per day.

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