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The federal government has released a new set of regulations called the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations. The rules set new standards in communities across Canada to protect our water sources from wastewater effluent.

Yet the federal government has no plans to fund water upgrades.

If these regulations are not properly implemented our communities will be at risk. It could cost more than $20 billion to upgrade and build new facilities to meet these regulations. Our cities are already experiencing an “infrastructure crisis” or a deficit of more than $123 billion dollars. So far, the federal government has no realistic plan to cover these costs.