The Fire Chief Project: Partnering With Green

An Ontario city joins with an environmental charity for an educational plant tour

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A report on the website based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, reports that Greening Nipissing and the City of North Bay partnered on a guided public tour of the city’s clean-water plant.

Odd as it may seem to those in the clean-water profession, there are people who think of treatment plants as sources, rather than preventers, of pollution. Teaming with a green-based non-profit is a way to help dispel that notion and helps further the aims of The Fire Chief Project:

  • Raise clean-water operators to the status of the fire chief.
  • Make kids grow up wanting to be clean-water operators.

The event helped the public learn about the treatment process. Plant staff members guided adults and children and described the processes from wastewater pumping through chlorination, dechlorination and discharged to Lake Nipissing. The plant’s biosolids are trucked to a landfill for use as cover.

“The North Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant tour was a great opportunity for the public to learn about this important process,” said Vijanti Ramlogan Murphy, executive director of Greening Nipissing, told the website. “As a registered charity, we are excited about our partnerships that help strengthen our educational mandate.”

The North Bay treatment Plant was built in the early 1960s and since expanded and upgraded. Greening Nipissing fosters practical and economical approaches to a cleaner environment.


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