The Town of Wasaga Beach is repairing a leak in a sewage force main just southwest of the Schoonertown Bridge.
Forcemains are pressurized pipes that safely transfer waste from pumping stations to the water pollution control plant. This section of the force main carries wastewater from west of the bridge to the water pollution control plant farther east on Woodland Drive. A section of the force main crosses the bed of the Nottawasaga River beside the bridge and eventually leads to the plant.
Public works staff confirmed the leak today and contained it. They are currently taking the necessary steps to install a temporary bypass.
The leak is south of the bridge and on the west bank of the Nottawasaga River, next to the Riverbend Plaza.
The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCA) alerted the Spills Action Centre, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks to the spill.
Public health is not in danger due to the situation.
While the city arranges for the ultimate repair, a temporary diversion pipe will be connected to the main discharge line west of the river and run above ground, across the bridge, and connected to the sewer system of the east side of the river, bypassing the leak. .
At this point, it is not known how long the repair work will last. Motorists should expect delays at the bridge.
Please check the city’s website and social media for updates.