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Lunenburg's wastewater treatment plant restored after Dorian damage

The Lunenburg Wastewater Treatment Plant has been shutdown due to flooding resulting from Hurricane Dorian.
The Lunenburg Wastewater Treatment Plant was shut down after flooding caused in September by hurricane Dorian. - Josh Healey / File

The Town of Lunenburg says its wastewater treatment plant is fully operational again after being damaged during hurricane Dorian last month.

The town said in a release that the UV disinfection process is now functioning at full capacity.

The plant was shut down Sept. 7 after a storm surge during the hurricane flooded the facility with seawater, and the town dumped unfiltered sewage into both the front and back harbours for several weeks while damage was assessed and repaired.

More recently, all wastewater was being directed to the plant and partially treated before being dumped at the regular outfall.

Lunenburg Mayor Rachel Bailey said earlier this month that several pieces of equipment at the plant needed to be either fixed or replaced after Dorian.

Sewage was redirected back to the plant in late September before the new ultraviolet disinfection process system was ready to go. 

Even before the hurricane, a consultant's report said that sections of the wastewater treatment plant were heavily corroded and performance had decreased.

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