The City of Brampton is responsible for managing stormwater within the municipality. This includes planning, designing, constructing, operating and maintaining stormwater assets within municipal roadways, public easements and other City lands. The stormwater management program is crucial in protecting public safety and health and works to reduce flood risk, control erosion and maintain water quality in local natural waterways.
Stormwater, both quality and quantity, are managed by the City’s stormwater program. This includes operating and maintaining storm sewers, ditches, inlets, stormwater management facilities (ponds), bridges, culverts, infiltration facilities, oil grit separators, engineered and natural channels, and storm sewer outfalls to streams and watercourses.
The City’s stormwater assets include:
- More than 1,200 km of pipes
- Approximately 11,000 manholes
- More than 33,000 catch basins
- 340 km of catch basin leads
- 170 stormwater ponds
- 400 km of channels and waterways
The value of the existing stormwater system is approximately $1.1 billion
The City has a responsibility to effectively manage this infrastructure and protect the environment. To meet this responsibility, the City:
- undertakes flood protection projects
- maintains, repairs and restores existing infrastructure
- provides emergency response to flooding, spills and clean-up
- carries our street sweeping
- enforces by-laws to protect the environment and prevent interference with the operation of the stormwater management system
The City has been adapting its policies and practices in order to meet provincial and federal regulatory requirements. The relevant stormwater rules and regulations include the Ontario Water Resources Act, Environmental Protection Act, Provincial Water Quality Objectives, Ontario Emergency Management Act, Ontario Water Opportunities Act, Ontario Sustainable Water and Sewage Systems Act, Canadian Environmental Protection Act and the Canadian Fisheries Act.