Phone: (705) 726-4242
To report flooding after hours, please press 0
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.
July 2018–2019: Grants available to eligible property owners for the replacement or repair of a failed sewer lateral. Get the details.
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.
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. 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 can decide whether they want a City crew to clear it or not. Homeowners also have the option of calling 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 waste survey 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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