Wastewater: What’s Coming Down the Pipe

Environment and Climate Change Canada has, as a direct result of MNL’s advocacy work, agreed to revise the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations (WSER). Municipalities now have an unprecedented opportunity to impact policy change. MNL members advocated for these regulations to be amended. The above video will give you an overview of the WSER, along with some background. Click here for the pdf version of the presentation.

What Municipalities Can Do

We strongly encourage you to: 

Here’s a preview of the online feedback form so that you can view it in advance of submitting any answers on the Environment and Climate Change website.

Please be sure to look at the annex of the proposed amendments document. If you do not see your community on it, ask questions; If you are not monitoring your wastewater effluent, and wondering if you should be, ask questions.

Upcoming information sessions:

These sessions are hosted by Environment and Climate Change Canada, and are essential for all municipalities impacted by WSER changes.

January 12, 2022 (English): 1:30pm-3:00pm (EST) Sign up here 
January 25, 2022 (English): 1:30pm-3:00pm (EST) Sign up here
February 3, 2022 (English): 11am NST  Sign up here
February 10, 2022 (French): 1:30pm-3:00pm (EST)Sign up here 
March 1, 2022 (English) 1:30am-3:00pm (EST) Sign up here 

Which Municipalities are Affected?

This map shows the municipalities directly impacted by proposed changes to the WSER. These municipalities are listed in the discussion document annex as being likely eligible for a temporary authorization (TA).


If you are wondering what you need to do next, ask questions. As always, you can reach out to MNL Director of Advocacy and Communciations Deatra Walsh directly at dwalsh@municipalnl.ca or by phone at 709.986.2771. You can ask questions and/or provide feedback to Environment and Climate Change Canada through email at eu-ww@ec.gc.ca