On the east coast of Vancouver, it’s a messy patch of sewers, garbage cans and dumpsters.
And a bit of an eye-opener, too.
But that’s not where the problem lies.
It’s a mess created by a patchwork of different types of sewer systems that, in a city where people live and work in very small areas, can easily become a bottleneck.
The patchwork is what’s known as a geotextile system, and it’s the work of engineers who have spent years trying to solve it.
“The sewers are not really designed to handle all the sewer traffic,” said Paul Lantos, an engineer and urban design professor at the University of British Columbia.
“It’s really a case of trying to create a better design for these systems, and we’re still working on it.”
That means designing sewers that can handle all kinds of traffic, he said.
The city of Vancouver has made the patchwork a priority, but that’s just the beginning.
Lantys patchwork system needs to be a whole lot more complicated than just a few small, isolated areas.
The sewers in the city are the backbone of the city, and Lantas patchwork involves a whole bunch of smaller, connected parts.
“These sewers basically connect all the cities together, but there’s some overlap,” he said, pointing out that the sewers run right through the core of Vancouver.
That means that the city is constantly re-sending the garbage from the west side of the core to the east side.
That adds up to an enormous amount of waste, and as Lantosa points out, a lot of it ends up in the sewer.
So it’s really important to have a design that can cope with all the garbage.
“We want to make sure the sewer system can handle the garbage,” he explained.
The problem isn’t unique to Vancouver.
In Vancouver, the city has been dealing with the problems of the geotexile system for a while now.
“You can think of it as a huge waste dump,” said Lantoso.
“And the city of Toronto has the geotexic system, so we have a lot more of that.”
Toronto’s geotEX system is designed to send waste directly to the city’s waste collection centre, where it can be recycled.
But it has also been plagued with problems.
In a report in the Globe and Mail in November, a group of engineers found that, even with geotEx, the system could not handle the citywide garbage volumes that Toronto uses.
The problems stem from a lack of adequate storage capacity in the sewage system, as well as inadequate maintenance and maintenance planning.
Toronto has been working with the federal government to fix these problems, and the city says it’s now one of the largest users of geotEXTRA, a system that delivers waste directly from the sewer system to a waste collection facility in Toronto.
But for now, Toronto has had to rely on the seepers to deal with the waste coming in.
“If the city could just sort of dump the garbage out, it could be a lot cheaper,” Lantossos said.
“So we want to do a better job of keeping it moving.”
In the meantime, Toronto’s patchwork isn’t a panacea for all of its problems.
It won’t stop the city from going from being a place of endless garbage to a place that’s getting rid of a lot.
“Toronto is a really good example of where we need to do something,” said Toronto’s mayor.
“There’s a lot that’s being done to try to make the city better.”
Toronto is one of many cities with a geotextile system.
There are hundreds of cities around the world that use geotX or geotEP, and Vancouver is one notable example of one that is trying to make improvements.
But, unlike other cities that have used geotXP or geOTEP, the City of Vancouver’s patchworks system isn’t designed to be as efficient as Toronto’s.
In order to address the problem, Lantozos said, “we’re going to need to get rid of this entire system.”
He says that means the city needs to do an upgrade to the sewages themselves.
He said that, because the sewings are designed to move garbage, they’re not designed to absorb all the waste that comes in.
He says the city will need to find other ways to handle that waste, such as a network of pipes, to carry the waste.
He also said that the sewage system itself needs to change, with a more efficient sewage treatment plant and a better sewer.
“I think that’s the key,” said the mayor.
It might be a long time before the city can finally do what the city and its engineers have been working on for years. But