The sewage treatment plant on the Halifax side of the harbour isn't the only one in the area having problems.

The Halifax Water Commission said Thursday that its water treatment plant in Dartmouth isn't meeting effluent discharge targets.

"Quite simply, the plant is still not meeting the contract
specifications, or the Nova Scotia environmental regulations, that the
plant is expected to meet," Carl Yates, the commission's general
manager said.

"So, basically, the commissioning or the construction permit has been extended to recognize that we're not there yet."


The plant opened a year ago but levels of fecal coliform in the discharge continues to be higher than is mandated.

The city asked earlier this year for more time to get the plant up to compliance and it was granted.

The municipality has yet to accept ownership of the plant from its builders because of the problem.

Yates said a combination of "tweaks" will be done to the plant's
hydraulics and "mechanical mixing" and to the chemicals used to reduce
the fecal coliform levels.

Despite the problems, Yates said the treatment plant is making a difference to the quality of water in the harbour.

He said he's hopeful the plant will meet the required discharge levels before the permit expires at the end of the year.

Yates said the city won't take ownership of the plant until it does.

The treatment plant on the Halifax side has been out of
commission since a power outage in January caused it to flood with raw
sewage, damaging the electronics.

Raw sewage has been flowing into the harbour ever since and repairs aren't expected to be completed before next year.