About – Humber Wastewater Treatment Plant
One of four City wastewater treatment plants, the Humber treats "used" water that residents and businesses deposit down drains every day. Flushing toilets, taking a shower and running a washing machine, for example, produces wastewater. It travels through the sanitary sewer system, a network of underground pipes, to treatment facilities.
Fast facts about the Humber
- Began operating in 1960
- Starting capacity for treating wastewater was 227,000 cubic metres
- Current capacity is 473,000 cubic metres
- Serves a population of approximately 651,000 (Etobicoke, York, portion of the west end of North York, and Toronto
- Located on 45.3 hectares/112 acres in the west end
- Operates 24/7
Member of the community
Toronto's four wastewater treatment plants are members of their respective communities. In the Humber’s neighbourhood, the City and the community stay in touch in three ways:
Neighbourhood Liaison Committee (NLC) – provides input on issues related to the treatment plant that affect the communityand helps keep citizens informed about what’s happening there.
Humber Resource – a community newsletter dealing with current and local topics related to the plant.
Public meetings – on such topics as proposed changes to the site or other issues affecting the community.