Metro Vancouver provides an important service to the region,
collecting and treating wastewater to protect the environment and public health.
To encourage reductions in wastewater pollutants and wastewater volume, Metro Vancouver is proposing a requirement for hospitals to implement Pollution Prevention Plans.
WHAT IS POLLUTION PREVENTION PLANNING?
Pollution prevention planning is a flexible process to examine current operations and develop a plan to eliminate or reduce pollution at its source.
Hospitals are complex sites with mixed wastewater, some of which is managed under existing regulations. Pollution Prevention Plans will encourage a comprehensive look at wastewater pollutants from different areas within hospitals including surgeries, wards, food, janitorial, and laboratory services.
The List of Activities and Potential Pollutants shows the wastewater pollutants that may be associated with different services and activities undertaken in a hospital.
WHAT TYPES OF HOSPITALS WOULD BE INCLUDED?
The regulation will apply to hospitals that are:
- Located within Metro Vancouver
- Included in Definition 1 a) of the
- Considered to be high-volume dischargers (releasing greater than 300 m3 of wastewater into the sewer system in a 30-day period).
Over the next year, Metro Vancouver will work with health care authorities, hospitals and other key stakeholders to better understand their existing practices and develop the requirements for Pollution Prevention Plans.
The project is currently in Phase 1. Metro Vancouver is working with healthcare authorities and hospitals to gather information on current wastewater management practices.