Reviewing the Sewers Bylaw

For the past two years, Toronto Water has been conducting a review of the Sewers Bylaw. The purpose of the bylaw is to regulate the discharge of chemicals, or subject pollutants, into our city’s sanitary and storm sewers.

As part of the review process, I requested staff to conduct a comprehensive review of subject pollutants listed in the Sewers Bylaw. The goal is to determine whether there are additional chemicals of concern that may be impacting our wastewater treatment plant operations and should be added to this list.

A full review is not only sensible but also timely as the list hasn’t been updated since 2013. It will ensure that our bylaw aligns with the best practices and regulatory mechanisms of other levels of government.

The bottom line is that our water is constantly recycled and becomes our drinking water. It’s key that we work to reduce pollution at the source and ensure the protection of our water system.

You can read the full text of my motion here.

You can also read the Toronto Environmental Alliance’s response to my motion, which received unanimous support from the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee.

Overnight Sewer Inspections

Please be advised, as part of the State-of-Good Repair program, the city is inspecting the sewer system in various parts of the city, including Ward 25.

Sewers along the following streets in Ward 25 will be inspected:

  • Lawrence Avenue from Wanless Crescent to Mildenhall Road
  • Bayview Avenue from Scenic Millway to Valley Road
  • Bayview Avenue from Lawrence Avenue to Kilgour Road
  • Mount Pleasant Road from Sheldrake Boulevard to Erskin Avenue
  • York Mills Road from Old York Mills Road to Old Yonge Street
  • York Mills Road from Scarsdale Road to Upjohn Road
  • Don Mills Road from The Donway North to The Donway South

See full map below.

The inspection work will take place overnight between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m from Sundays to Thursdays. It is expected to take approximately 2-4 hours to complete each area. There will be no requirement to enter any residences to complete this work.

Residents will experience noise caused by the flushing and the removal of debris from the sewer pipes by vacuum trucks. Once the flushing and clearance of the sewers is complete, the inspection work is not expected to be noisy.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact 311.