The new sewage treatment plant on the waterfront is shut down indefinitely as engineers search for the cause of a minor malfunction last week.


While the search is ongoing, raw sewage is again flowing freely into the harbour.


Last week’s malfunction occurred after several power failures in the area on Wednesday. A spokesman for Halifax Harbour Solutions said the search for the cause “could take quite a while.”


The malfunction occurred less than a month after the municipality took ownership of the $332-million plant from the builders.


For the past couple months though, municipal officials had refused to accept the take over of the plant, claiming there were systemic problems with the system, particularly in backups.

They also cited a bad odour as a reason for their refusal.

The city has said they are looking to determine if prior problems were the result of the malfunction. The plant has a three year warranty.