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Hazardous chemicals such as heavy metals, flammable solvents, or glycols used in collision repair can cause serious pollution problems if allowed to enter the sewer systems. Also, spills are a common source of water pollution. Typically under municipal by-laws or provincial regulations, the person having control or ownership of the spilled material is responsible for the clean up and restoration of the affected areas.

In each province, municipality, city and town there are by-laws or regulations that limit or prohibit toxic discharges to wastewater systems. For example, in Ontario, the Ontario Waste Resources Act requires prior approval to discharge wastewater to waterways, ground, or open ditches. Managers, owners and operators of collision repair shops should get in touch with their municipal water works department to find out what their specific requirements are because they can vary from one jurisdiction to another.

Sewer use by-laws exist in a growing number of municipalities. For example, the City of Toronto has recently enacted a new Sewer Use By-Law that includes a requirement for businesses to carry out pollution prevention planning.

For more information see:

City of Toronto Sewer Use by-law or

The following web site provides tips on minimizing water use and discharge to sewers in shops:

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