Sewer system polluters could soon see quicker penalties

The city wants to make it easier to penalize businesses and homeowners who dump hazardous materials into the sewer system.

Winnipeg’s water and waste committee approved changes to a bylaw allowing tickets to be issued for violations, instead of going through the courts.

A report says this is a faster and more cost effective way of cracking down on polluters.

The fines range from $250 to $1,000.

Under provincial law the city could issue higher fines for more serious violations, reaching up to $250,000 for a third offense.

Because cannabis is now legal, the industry has been included in the bylaw changes as well.