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SWOLLEN river levels coupled with some moderate precipitation have led to a high possibility of some raw sewage discharge into the Red and Assiniboine Rivers over the last 48 hours.
Winnipeg's aging combined sewer system is such that when water levels in the rivers are high, the capacity of the system is low. When the rains come, the extra runoff adds more stress on the system and puts unprotected basements at risk.
The city says most of the combined rain and waste water makes it to the treatment facility. The untreated solution that doesn't, though, finds its way into the river through various overflow points along the two rivers.
The city averages about 22 overflows annually, which amounts to about 1.14 million cubic metres of raw sewage spilled into the rivers.