There are wastewater treatment facilities in Barrie, Alcona, Alliston, Angus, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Midland, Penetanguishene, and Orillia. Septic and community wastewater services are the norm outside of urban areas. By attempting to direct new development to established settlement areas and restricting the use of septic and community services, the County seeks to reinforce the use of urban wastewater systems.
Proponents of the proposed large-scale developments plan to accommodate growth by upgrading and extending the wastewater treatment facilities in Alliston and Alcona. However, the construction of the water pipelines does not necessarily mean that centralized wastewater treatment will be provided. There is no plan to install a piped sewer system along the Alcona-Bradford water pipeline. Associated development would be serviced using septic systems.22