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Yellow Fish Road™ is a nation-wide environmental education initiative launched by Trout Unlimited Canada in 1991. The program's goal is to help Canadians understand that storm drains are the doorways to our rivers, lakes and streams.
There are two types of sewers systems: storm and sanitary. Flooding can occur if the sewer connection to a building becomes blocked or when catch basins or culverts are blocked.
The City of Barrie is undertaking a pilot program to catch litter before it enters city select
storm water drains, to help protect Lake Simcoe.
In 2019, one
LittaTrap unit was installed in a pedestrian-heavy area of downtown Barrie, which resulted in 473 pieces of garbage being captured in just five months. From the success of this initial study, the City rolled out a subsequent pilot program; 112 LittaTrap units were installed downtown in fall 2021.
The traps are being used to further monitor pollutants and manage litter hotspots.The LittaTrap filters capture garbage and pollutants larger than 5mm that enter drains during rainfall and snow melt. This prevents litter from entering the Lake Simcoe ecosystem and helps protect the environment.
One of the goals of the pilot project is to determine how often they will need to be cleaned. The inserts are being checked regularly over the winter to track how quickly the waste is building up. Once it's at a point of needing to be cleaned staff issue a work order for one of our Operations crews to clean the insert.
Once summer 2022 arrives and summer students are on staff, we plan to implement what we call a waste audit. Our students will have the task of monitoring a sample of the inserts and tracking all the waste collected. This way we will be able to predict how much waste we are annually diverting from entering the bay and with what frequency we should be cleaning the devices we have installed.
LittaTraps units are designed with an overflow component to ensure that flows that are directed to the catch basins are not impeded during high intensity storm events or if the screening bag is full of litter.
The municipal storm sewer system collects rainwater and surface water runoff from roads and parking lots into natural channels and
catch basins (storm grates) and transports it to various points in Kempenfelt Bay.
Water that enters a storm drain is NOT treated to remove pollutants; it is important not to dispose of any waste materials into any storm water collection point. Please help
protect our drinking water sources.
Oil Grit Separator (OGS) units are included in most newer storm sewer designs, but not all areas of Barrie have OGS units. These units can remove suspended solids from stormwater. There is a limited capacity in most OGS units to capture floating contaminants (oils, gasoline, etc.). Routine maintenance empties these units of sediment and oils, and emergency cleanouts can be required.
The municipal sanitary sewer system is a system of underground pipes that transport sanitary sewage from the plumbing of privately owned buildings to the Wastewater Treatment Facility (WwTF). Manholes are used at designated intervals in a sewer line as a means of access for inspection or cleaning.
The sewage is treated at the WwTF and clean treated water is discharged into Kempenfelt Bay. To ensure a properly functioning transportation and treatment system,
certain materials should NOT be disposed into sinks or toilets.
When disposed of into sinks or toilets, these common items can cause blocked drains, equipment damage, injury to a WwTF employees, and/or poor sewage treatment:
If you have water coming back up your drains (i.e. basement floor drain) you may have a blocked drain. To help avoid a common cause a blocked lateral, please review
Grease Management for your Home.
City crews can determine whether the blockage is in the main* or in the
homeowner's sewer lateral. If the blockage is in the main that runs down the middle of the street, the City is responsible for clearing it.
The homeowner is responsible for the sewer line (lateral) from the house to the main. City staff can clear it for the homeowner at the following rates:
*It is City policy when responding to calls regarding blocked sewers to check the main, whether the caller thinks the blockage is their responsibility or not. If the main is blocked it could affect more than one property. Once it has been verified that the blockage is not in the main, the homeowner should call a private service provider.
Barrie property owners are eligible for a grant for costs incurred in the replacement or repair of a failed sewer lateral (unless the cause of the blockage is an object introduced to the sewer lateral from the building), where the blockage or failure occurs in the portion of the sewer lateral between the property line to the sewer main (under City property,
see diagram) and the repair or replacement has been undertaken by the City of Barrie. Please review the
Sanitary Sewer Replacement Brochure for full details regarding this grant.
Flooding can occur if the sewer connection to a building becomes blocked by tree roots, grease, objects and other debris. Flooding can also occur during spring and summer storms and also when
catch basins or culverts are blocked. Basic preventative measures include:
If you have a back-up of water and/or sewage in your basement, please:
It is important that any obstructions that can contribute to flooding be reported to the City of Barrie as soon as possible.
During spring weather conditions and heavy rainfall events, water levels in local creeks and watercourses can rise and be dangerous. Please contact the City at 705-726-4242 (after-hours, please press 0) to report any of the following:
The Sewer Use
By-law prohibits, regulates and inspects the discharge of water and sewage into Barrie’s sanitary and storm sewers. The by-law establishes limits for water quality parameters such as phosphorus, nutrients, and suspended solids. To maintain properly functioning sewers, hazardous substances such as paints and fuels must not enter the municipal sewer systems. Unacceptable discharges to sanitary and storm sewers could result in:
To ensure that this does not happen, discharges must be controlled at their sources. All Industrial/Commercial/Institutional (ICI) businesses must complete a Sewer Use Report which furnishes information such as a description of operations, wastewater characteristics, disposal practises, spill prevention and schematic process diagrams. These reports assist the City to better understand and monitor ICI facilities.
The Environmental Investigation and Response Section enforces the Sewer Use By-law for all residents and ICI facilities through compliance inspections and monitoring.
The City’s water supply and wastewater systems are self-funded, drawing all Operating and Capital funds from the sewer rate, which is based upon water consumption. For residential customers, the rates are applied in an increasing block structure: the more water used, the more expensive it is. Sewer Rate Exemptions are available for any residents who have an approved septic system not connected to City's sewer system. To obtain an exemption please apply through Environmental Services by calling 705-739-4219.
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