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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 WE lETHBRIDGE HERALD Soturdciy, Millions of gallons of gallons ol in uuug_ Si. Lawreiice" River has become latest victim of pollution MONTI1KA1. I'ullll- Moil is eiidMU'L'-'ini: ll'f St. l.awrcwT IliuT. omv tin- i-a- in tin1 ili'vi'lupmrnt of KJI'MITII ilinl Ameri- can r-iti'.is mi lK' IIrr.'i! rV.r tlio [iru', ny conunor ci.-r fisiiiiii; and rcnTaiinn Hiii it tti lllllhi- pin p'sc riipahility (inr In t'X iv.-sKi' mi it iiMjnilatli.n and 111- diMnal plains Tin- I lly of Montreal million oi nil- j tiTati'tl into the river (iaii> '.ihile Laval, north of Mi-l'IrcMl. and cities on the -oulh of the river eon- iviliuif an-'iher l.'iii million c.il'ons In tiie v, a e r w a y s .inmiul (lie island oi Montreal. IndiiMrial oiitlels in Ontario, the Montreal area and farther m Qnehee eity discharge ;ni unknown amount, of w.istu inio the river These industrial wastes are many times more and harmful to the environ- mi-lit than ilnmi--ne wa.iles. 1 says Laurier illc. east- ern region the federal rnvironiivnt depart- ment UK: He it N pn-.-inie for a river like the S! to assimilate larce v-inuncs of domestic sewase readily than industrial wa-ic- which place a heavier and mure per- si'lent oxygen dcm. on Uiitcr Nutrients in Ihe effluent such as phr.sphorih m deter- i genus and human pro- mote weed g rn l h Such 1 growth can clog the v ati-rway and roh the river of its life- giving oxygen. "The discharge nutrients into our the big- gest problem in 'control :iy- Lai'ry South, a I'lUmn-r with the dntario Kr-ource> Commission in KhiLV.on. Out. growth ha- hecome really in the 10 years." i An International Joint Com- mission report on pollution in Kitsons Make Christmas Shopping Easy We feature a full line of liL 5. Colognes We even hnve Revlon Products for Men "PUB" and "THAT MAN" Cnll 327-3772 for FREE DEUVERY KITSONS PHARMACY LTD. McFARLAND BLDG. LETHBRIDGE I he fireat Lakes anil (lit1 inter- I nationa! section oi the river in 1H70 revealed I .Hi million pounds of waste solids were discharged annually into the river, l.H'l million pounds from the New York side. Tin1 report im'.ustrie in New York and along the Canadian shoreline were prin- cipal sources contamin- ants in 111'.1 river CAU.KH M'Ol I. n'ATKII1 Dr. Victor (i o 1 d h 1 (lorn, Quebec's environment minis- ter lias described the water in the Si. Lawrence as it enters Qui'lx'C as "foul water Dill Mr. Soulh says surveys sh.MV the: river "to be in damn good shape all tiling consi- dered" s it enters Quebec from Ontario lie his statement on the coliiorm count at the last OV.'HC testing .station at Corn- wall v.-hcre it is "good, even near the shore." Cnliform bacillus is bacteria present in animal and liinnan waste and it gels into the river from domestic sewage cutlets. Water fit for drinking inns1 have a count under If) per Km millilitres. A coliform average in excess of 1.000 makes the. water unfit lor swimming. The large volume of water flowing past and the existence of sewaae treatment plants in all Ontario towns, except Prescotl. keep the in such goed shape. HAS NO FACILITIES But once the St. Lawrence eniers Quebec there are prac- tically no treatment facilities to protect it. The Quebec Water Board Is to carry out a inirvey during the four years to mine the level of pollution in the river. Rul some experts feel the study is a waste of time. know it's says Dr. Gustave Provost, former president of the QWB. "The point Is when arc we going to do something lo .slop that pollution." There are already sew- age treatment plants in the Mon'.real area hui Ihev treat only eight per cent of the sciv- Induslrial installations and sewage o u 11 e I s at Eort-1, Trois-Kivieres and Q u e b c o City add 150 million gallons of waste daily, notably from puln and paper mills. Some exjierts fell the pres- ence of metals and chemicals from industry makes it impos- sible for authorities to guaran- drinking water is I bother because Increased pop- I illation and industrial produc- licn will more Ihan overcome. tee that Chlorinated water, they say. is not necessarily sanitary water, (everything depends on the degree of pollution. The Montreal Urban Com- munity plans lo spend S.'iOO million by 1081 for primary scwapc treatment plants but Dr. Prevost says this is a waste of money. Primary treatment plants remove 31 per cent of the or- ganic substances which Irfce oxygen from the water. per cent of the solids and per cent of colifonns. "They might as well not the of primary sewage treatment." Dr. Prcvost says. He shares Ihe opinions of many ccologisU thai second- ary irealmeiit is for sewage and lertiary treat- ment for induslrial waste. Inste; d of treatment, hy- draulic engineers have pro- posed pumping sewage to the middle of the river to lake advantage of the. tremendous flow of water to disperse the sewage. agree this would retail! in cleaner shorelines but would not overcome the Ihreal to health and ecological transformation. It would not prevent the river from becom- ing a giant open sewer. The population in the Mont- real area is expected to dou- ble by lillll, with a compara- ble growlh in industry. The resuting raw sewage Icjy.l on the river is expected to he greater while the de- mand for wiiter for induslrial and domestic consumption is expected to triple in that time. Olyslager appointee] PINTilluH CRICKK SpmaO Count-illor John n Ohshipcr has been appointed to repre- sent the Ttnvn ol Pinciser Creek on the Advisory Br.'ird of St. hospital fur a term of three years, replacing Coun- cillor J. C. Burns. j Approval was given for Mrs. j J. Hardy to attend a for directors of nursing on bud-1 geting, to be held in j at the end of November. Electrical outlets have been i installed in four patient rooms: to allow for the u.se of the new cardiac monitoring system. This miit is expected to he delivered by tiie rnd of No- vember. Three members of the mirs-: ing staff are now receiving training and experience in Coi'- onan' Core. Repainting and renovations are being completed. New ma- jor operating room lights have been purchased. 1-jcctric car pings have been installed at the rear of the hos- pital for the use by the staff during the winter months. Ill UK WITCH UUCTOM JOHAXNKSBL'RG Keillor i i A Sraith African furniture l manufacturing factory.! plagued by industrial pilfering, has solved iis problems by hir- ing a woman witch doetcr. On her well-publicised visit she j applied little signs with cray- ons and placed medicine i leaves in various places. "Tht.se had a psychological re- action on the factory the firm's spokesman said. Christinas Gift Giving and Personalized Service Undecided? Use Our Gift Certificates Marg Ingles' PRIMROSE SHOP 313 6fh St. S. Phone 327-2244 GIFT WRAP YOUR PURCHASE Lingerie 9 Lounge Wear Sweaters Thurs. and Fri. Till 9 P.M. Slacks S Present iRTAINMENT CENTRES Styled for you and your world Enjoy the luxury of a long, low contemporary cabinet that never loses touch with today's demands for this kind of styling. The cabinet is a full sixty inches long. End gables are of heavy wood, finished with hand-rubbed veneers. Finished in Natural Walnut and Soft Lustre Walnut. Philips Stereos Play for Keeps FULLY TRANSISTORIZED FUNCTION CONTROL TAPE INPUT AND OUTPUT TUNING METER CONTROL CENTRE PUSH BUTTONS PRIVATE LISTENING DIAMOND STYLUS RECORD STORAGE APPLIANCE AND TV CENTRE 4th Ave. S. Across from Enercon't Downtown Showroom Phone 328-1673 328-1332 BILL BAKER We Take GRAIN On Trade Free Delivery (mtm J MEN'S WEAR LTD. SC Si ore for Ladies icho Shop for n SHIRTSby ARROW, BVD and FORSYTH ly PACKARD, and CLARK'S of ENGLAND K JEWELLERY by SWANK and H1CKOK K SHOES by FLORSHEIM BELTS by CUSTOM and ROLFS SLIPPERS by PACKARD ond SAMUELS' FORTREL SLACKS by TAYLORS BENCH, RIVIERA and STYIEMASTER BLAZERS by SHIPLEY One ol Canada'! Leading Monufntturcri IN DOUBT ABOUT SIZE? Give a Gentleman II! T U u VJ v OPEN THURSDAYS and FRIDAYS UNTIL P.M. 'TIL CHRISTMAS MODEL R400 WAYNE BAKER Available For Any Amount! MEN'S WEAR LTD. .314 7th Street S. Phone 327-2232. ;