A national disgrace
. In a city that in some ways is a world leader in waste diversion, Halifax still pumps its sewage
out through a big pipe into the harbour
, with absolutely no treatment
whatsoever. If you take the ferry to Dartmouth, it's not uncommon to see condom
s floating on the water. The main pipe, by the way is right beside the wave sculpture on the waterfront. Look closely and follow the smell
to find the outflow.
People in the city have been well aware of the sheer nastiness of this for decades, but still nothing has been done. Plans were made and tenders drawn up for a treatment plant, but the municipality decided it was too expensive. Their idea of a solution was to pump the stuff a little further out to sea to avoid the floaties.
The Sydney Tar Ponds are a similar example of sheer voluntary environmental pigheadedness in the Nova Scotia mentality.