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March 23, 2017
Annual reporting on County waste management, water and wastewater system performance

Waste reduction rates rise, while water and wastewater systems prove safe and reliable in 2016


Waste Management

A continuing trend of more material being recycled and less material going into the landfill continued in 2016. Annual reporting for Oxford County Waste Management has been received by Oxford County Council, showing positive results when it comes to extending the life of the County’s landfill.

Approximately 62,000 tonnes (a 6% reduction from 2015) of material was received at the site in 2016, with over 29,000 tonnes (a 1.5% increase from 2015) diverted to recycling. The increase in waste diversion puts the estimated life of the Salford landfill at 47 years (2063). Just four years ago, in 2013, the estimated site life was 30 years (2043). Oxford County’s zero waste initiative aims to continue to extend the life of the landfill to the year 2100.

The residential blue box program in the County also continues to show positive results, with an 11% increase in material collected in 2016, with a 0.5% decrease in waste and large article material collection. This is expected to push the County’s waste diversion rate up to 55%, although that number won’t be confirmed until April by Waste Diversion Ontario.


Water & Wastewater

Oxford County’s drinking water and wastewater treatment systems continue to operate at a high level of safety. Annual system reports, required by the province, are now published online for the public to access. The annual reports for 2016 were approved by Oxford County Council on February 22, 2017.


Drinking Water

Oxford County monitors drinking water quality around the clock, 24/7 to ensure it is free of contaminants. In 2016, Public Works treated and supplied 11.8 million cubic meters of drinking water. Nine of the County’s 17 drinking water systems received inspection ratings of 100%, while eight systems rated between 93% and 97%.

Read the annual report for each municipal drinking water system in Oxford County.


Wastewater

Oxford County owns and operates nine wastewater treatment plants, and eleven wastewater collection systems, serving over 70,000 residents along with local businesses and industries. In 2016, eight of the County’s wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) achieved 100% compliance with their Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) effluent discharge limits. The Drumbo wastewater treatment plant, which was recently re-rated to accept higher flows but with stricter discharge limits, received a compliance report of 95%. The County is working with engineering consultants to improve the Drumbo plant’s performance. There is also an ongoing Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study for the upgrade of the Drumbo WWTP to accommodate the 20-year projected growth.

The County’s 11 sewage collection systems reported four minor incidents to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change last year. They included sewage overflow in Norwich due to faulty measurement equipment; a power outage in Drumbo due to weather; a sewer forcemain leak in Ingersoll due to a faulty valve; and a sewer forcemain leak in Innerkip due to a contractor excavating error.

Read the full 2016 annual wastewater report and biosolids management report.


Quick facts

  • Annual water system summary reports are a requirement of Ontario’s Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Annual Wastewater treatment and collection systems annual reports, along with the biosolids annual report are submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to fulfill requirements of the Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) for the WWTPs.


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About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to becoming a zero waste community and achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.


Contact

Adam Nyp | Strategic Communication & Engagement

519.539.9800, ext. 3529 | anyp@oxfordcounty.ca


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