New Sewage Bylaw and Disconnection Program

Background:

The Township of North Glengarry wishes to stop the inflow of rain water and melted snow to the Alexandria and Maxville sanitary sewage collection and lagoon systems. Over the years, downspouts from roofs and sump pumps / foundation drains have been connected directly to the municipal sewage system. All that excess rain water from buildings and properties is a partial cause of basement flooding and capacity challenges at the Alexandria lagoon that is inhibiting economic development and growth.

image of roof downspouts being disconnected and rerouted

A new sewage bylaw was passed on May 11th that makes it illegal to allow those connections to continue. However, the Township recognizes that for some property owners, there will be no place for the water to go, other than the sanitary system. For example, it is important that any redirected rainwater not flood any neighbouring property or municipal infrastructure. Each case will need to be reviewed individually with the Township Public Works Dept.

The Township is prepared to offer direct help and incentives with the process of assessing, and if needed disconnecting, a property's drainage system from the Township's sanitary sewer. Options being reviewed include: doing the disconnection of roof downspouts with Township staff at no cost to the homeowner and/or a financial rebate for the cost of a certified plumber to disconnect and reroute sump pump pipes.  

Next Steps:

Property owners are encouraged to inform themselves by reviewing the material below:

  • summary of the bylaw (by clicking here)  
  • full text of the bylaw (by clicking here) 
  • the proposed incentive program (by clicking here)
  • Property owners are encouraged to investigate their home sump pumps and roof drains to prepare for the possibility of disconnecting and rerouting your property's water away from the sanitary sewer and onto your own property (or a storm sewer if available).
  • Township staff will be contacting property owners this summer to review potential connections and discuss solutions.

The entire program is an ambitious but necessary endeavour that will take time and patience of both property owners and township officials. But the underlying issue is serious and needs to be addressed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

More Information:

Contact Public Works: 613.525.3087

Contact the CAO: cao@northglengarry.ca

 image of a sump pump in basement and routing of water away from home