City Hall Complex Closing Early on October 21

Posted October 21, 2019

Burnaby City Hall, the West Building and Civic Offices at Deer Lake Centre are closing at 4:00 PM today in order to provide staff at these locations the allotted required time to vote in the Federal election. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Storm & Sanitary Sewers

Burnaby’s Sanitary Sewer System collects sewage from homes and businesses and conveys it through a network of pipes and pump stations to Metro Vancouver's trunk network and treatment plants.

Burnaby's Storm Sewer System collects storm water, or rainwater runoff, from all impermeable surfaces (buildings, roads, parking lots, etc.) and discharges it into the waters that surround Burnaby, including the Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River.

Please visit Public Works to learn more about our department, or our FAQ for help.

Storm and Sanitary Sewers

Storm Sewers

Over 460 kilometres of storm sewers, and a similar number of ditches, drain into our creeks and streams and end up in one of three major rivers near Burnaby. Storm water from North Burnaby ends up in the Burrard Inlet, the Central Valley area drains into Still Creek, the Brunette River and eventually into the Fraser River, while South Burnaby's creeks and streams end up in the North Arm of the Fraser River.

We maintain pipes and ditches to ensure that water flows uninterrupted to these outlets while mitigating risk of flooding to homes and businesses. We work closely with local environmental stewardship groups and fishery agencies to ensure that our activities are environmentally responsible, and with Environmental Services division to track spills and minimize the effects that a spill might cause.

Sanitary Sewers

Sewer staff is responsible for operating and maintaining 690 kilometres of sanitary and combined sewer mains, 23 pump stations, and over 36,000 service connections.  

Typical maintenance activities involve cleaning sewers using sewer flush trucks, inspecting and repairing manholes, repairing broken sewer mains and services and inflow & infiltration (I&I) management. 

Combined Sewer Separation Program

Since 1989, the City of Burnaby and other member municipalities of the Metro Vancouver (MV) have participated in the development of a Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP).  This plan:

  • Intends to manage liquid waste issues within MV
  • Outlines the need for numerous sewerage facility improvements
  • Includes improvement to eventually separate combined sewers and eliminate combined sewer overflows (CSO) that are characteristically located within some of the older neighbourhoods of Burnaby, New Westminster and Vancouver

Why upgrade the sewer system?

Combined sewer systems collect sanitary sewage and storm water in a single sewer system. During wet weather these older combined sewer systems can't carry all the sewage flows to regional treatment plants, and by design, discharge excess combined sewer flows (CSO) through outfalls to the Burrard Inlet and Fraser River.

Overflows negatively impact the environment, so the City of Burnaby has committed to a remedial plan to eliminate all existing combined sewers and construct new separated sewage systems in their place. To date, the City of Burnaby has invested nearly $40 million and successfully separated nearly half of its original 85 km of combined sewer inventory. 

Which sewer system do I have?

Residents and businesses in North Burnaby should expect to see continued construction activity as the City separates combined sewers, replaces water systems and undergoes related road restoration. Learn more on the current Capital Works Program »

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