Ontario Ministry of the Environment Inspection Video


[Birds singing and sounds of nature]>>Linda: Hi, I’m Linda Gabriele, a Senior
Environmental Officer with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. My role as an Environmental Officer is to
ensure compliance with Ontario’s environmental laws. There are a number of reasons why
you might be visited by an Environmental Officer. This could include responding to complaints
or spills to the environment, or conducting site inspections. The Ministry can conduct a site visit
at any time. Today I’ll walk you through a typical inspection
at a winery. We’ll take a close look at the wastewater
and sewage works onsite. This video will show what happens
during an inspection, what will be examined, and what records and information will be reviewed.>>Linda: Good morning, I’m Linda Gabriele
with the Ministry of the Environment. I would like to talk to someone who deals
with your sewage works on site. I’m not sure who that would be.>>Woman behind counter: That would be Scott
Jones. If I can get you to hang on a minute, I’ll
go get him.>>Linda: Great, thank you.>>Scott: Hi, I’m Scott.>>Linda: Hi Scott, I’m Linda Gabriele with
the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change I’m here today to do an inspection of the
sewage works on site. Now, this facility has an approval
through the Ministry for your sewage works, so I’m just going to go through it and make
sure you’re in compliance.>>Scott: Great, let’s get started.>>Linda: Alright. We’ll probably look first of all at the retail
area, so if you want to show me in the right direction where we can start, that would be
great.>>Scott: Perfect>>Scott: This is our north patio.>>Linda: Okay, so this would hold how many
people?>>Scott: 60 people>>Linda: Alright>>Scott: We have a second patio to the east
side of the building.>>Linda: Okay, and your retail area here as
well.>>Scott: And our retail.>>Linda: So this is part and parcel of your
sewage flow capacity. Okay.>>Linda: Under the Ontario Water Resources
Act sewage includes drainage, storm water, and commercial and industrial wastes as specified
in the regulations. Sewage works is defined as any works
for the collection, transmission, treatment and disposal of sewage or any part of such
works, but does not include plumbing to which the Building Code Act applies. Sewage design capacity of a sewage
works is the flow rate that a treatment unit, such as a septic tank or septic bed, is capable
of effectively processing. To determine the sewage design capacity
for a site, you need to look at all sources of sewage and wastewater on that one lot or
parcel of land. In determining sewage design capacity,
these areas need to be considered, and will be looked at during a ministry inspection: * Retail area, the total square footage of the floor area * The number of employees * The number of washrooms in the retail area
* Food preparation area, whether you catered events or not * Restaurant, the total seating capacity * Office area, the number of employees and
washrooms in that area * Production area, the number of employees
and washrooms and showers in that area * Residences on site
* Worker facilities on site * Winery wastewater production, based on annual
wine production * And any other sewage or wastewater sources
on site If the total sewage design capacity
for the lot or parcel of land is less than 10,000 litres per day, Then a permit is required for the
sewage works as outlined in the Ontario Building Code. All inquiries regarding obtaining
this permit should be made to your local or regional municipality. If the total sewage design capacity
for the sewage works is greater than 10,000 litres of wastewater per day, from all sources
on the parcel of land, You need an Environmental Compliance
Approval from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. Contact your local Ministry office
for more information. Now let’s move over to the Production
area.>>Linda: Alright so, the crush area here,
we’ve got a couple drains.>>Scott: Yes.>>Linda: Now you’ve got a filter cloth on
top there for the solids.>>Scott: That’s correct.>>Linda: So any liquids, if it escapes, it
is going through, and this is going to?>>Scott: The holding tank.>>Linda: Which is all of your winery wastewater
is going to that holding tank.>>Scott: Yes.>>Linda: Okay.>>Scott: The roof is over top of rainwater
slopes. So underneath the roof, where the spills could
happen, or wastewater is, the slopes work towards the drains. Outside the roof, the slopes work
away from the area. So rainwater for instance stays out of the
system.>>Linda: Any spill, or anything on the ground
inside is in, going to here, into the holding tank and effluent tank. And then outside is rainwater.>>Linda: Okay, that’s great. Good, let’s go in and look at production.>>Linda: In the production area, winery wastewater
includes wastewater collected from the Crush area, drains inside the floor that collect
wash water from the tanks, floor washing or spills within the production area. Floor areas should be sloped to ensure
drainage into the fixed drainage system connecting to a holding tank. The sewage works design can vary
from site to site but could include a holding tank, a pre-treatment unit, a treatment unit
and a septic bed. In addition, any residence on the
parcel of land contributes to the overall sewage flow design capacity. This diagram is an Example of a Sewage
Works Design. It shows all of the areas of sewage flows
that we have seen during this inspection. These areas include: the Retail Area,
including all washrooms, kitchens and dining areas. All drains flow to the septic tank. The Production Area, and Crush Pad. All drains flow to the holding tank, then
to a pre-treatment cell, then to the septic tank. Any residence on the parcel of land. All drains flow directly to the septic tank. From the septic tank, wastewater
and sewage flows to the treatment unit, and then to the septic bed. Now let’s go back inside and discuss
the documentation you need to keep for your facility’s sewage works.>>Linda: Alright let’s start by looking at
your flow data here. You have a certain flow to your bed. And if we look at this, it’s all
well under your volume per day.>>Scott: It’s recorded each day.>>Linda: That looks well within compliance.>>Linda: Whether you have a permit under the
Ontario Building Code Act, or an approval through the Ministry of the Environment and
Climate Change, an Environmental Officer can visit your facility at any time. It is very important to keep proper
records and documentation of the maintenance and inspection of your sewage works. During an inspection, we will ask
to review the following documentation, depending on whether you have a permit or an approval: * Inspection Logs * Maintenance Records
* Pump Out Records of Holding/Septic Tanks * Operational Manuals
* Flow Monitoring Data Records * Monitoring Analysis
* Complaint Log and Response * Spill Prevention and Contingency Plans
* Annual Reports The better you know your operation,
the more prepared you will be for an inspection. This concludes a typical sewage wastewater
inspection of a winery. Now that you know what to expect
during a typical wastewater inspection, here are some tips to help you prepare for one. Know all aspects of your facility’s
operations. For example: where do all the drains discharge. Know which approvals and permits
your business has, or requires. Keep organized environmental records,
such as flow monitoring and sample results, and keep them readily accessible. Know what consultants are doing on
your behalf. Do your own self-assessment to monitor
your facility’s compliance. You can find out more about environmental
approvals in your community, by searching access environment online. Thank you for watching. For more information, please visit the website.

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