The City is working to build and maintain an effective and reliable sanitary sewer system to service residents and businesses in our growing community.
Sanitary System Facts
The City has one of the largest sanitary sewer systems in the province. Our system is made up of:
- Over 1,500 km of sanitary sewer pipe that carry wastewater from one point to another by gravity
- Service connections that connect homes and businesses to the sanitary sewer system
- 21,000 manholes and 80,000 inspection chambers that allow the City to access and maintain the sanitary sewer system
- 40 pump stations that pump wastewater from a lower elevation to a higher elevation, where wastewater cannot be carried to a sanitary sewer by gravity
- Forcemains and siphons carry wastewater under pressure from one point to another
- Odour control facilities to address issues at specific locations
Help prevent problems in your pipes by putting fats, oils, and grease in your organics bin instead of down the drain.
Find out who to contact if you are experiencing an issue related to the sanitary sewer system.
Tips for residents and businesses to keep your sewer pipes working properly.
Learn what the City is doing to ensure the sanitary sewer system functions properly.
Find out what is required to connect your property to the sanitary sewer system.
Learn about Low Pressure Sewer systems and how to maintain them.
Find out why it's important to keep rainwater and groundwater out of the sanitary sewer system.
Learn about Surrey's Bridgeview and South Westminster Vacuum Sewer System and its maintenance.