From toilet to tap

Toilet to Tap is a bus tour from the sewage plant to the drinking water plant, and workshop / discussion — all to celebrate World Toilet Day.

Bus tour led by Helen Mills of Lost Rivers
Saturday, 2009 November 21, 1 pm
Starting at Jonathan Ashbridge Park

(Queen St East and Woodward Ave)
Register here for bus tour

Workshop & discussion with Andrew Hellebust, Nicholas Schulz
Saturday, 2009 November 21, 2:30 pm
St Aidan’s Church, 70 Silver Birch Ave

(Queen St East, four blocks west of Victoria Park)

These events are free including refreshments;
small ($5) donations are welcome.

From the Thirsty City Walks website:

Thirsty City Walk and Workshop Series in collaboration with Youth4Water present:
“Toilet to Tap” – Bus Tour & Workshop to celebrate World Toilet Day

The bus tour will take us to the Ashbridges Bay Sewage Treatment Plant and then we will meander through the neighbourhood passing by several points of interest before ending at the R.C. Harris Drinking Water Filtration Plant.  We will explore the history of Ashbridge’s Bay and learn about local lost creeks, springs, ponds, original and current ecosystem, the building of the city’s modern wastewater and drinking water treatment infrastructure and some of the older treatment systems that failed to work.  From the R.C. Harris Filtration Plant we will walk west along the beach to Balmy Beach Club, then north to St Aidan’s Church along the lost creek that once flowed there.

Workshop facilitated by RiverSides and featuring two guest speakers:

  • Andrew Hellebust of Rivercourt Engineering will discuss alternative wastewater treatment methods and the soft path approach to water management.
  • Nicholas Schulz of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority will discuss the recent developments in the Ontario Clean Water Act.

Youth4Water, in preparation for their provincial youth roundtable on source water protection, will be facilitating a discussion and asking participants to share their perspectives on local drinking water

For more information about this walk and workshop event call RiverSides at 416-868-1983 or email

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