Maintenance of ditches and the closure of ditches.
The main purpose of ditches is to collect and drain surface water and evacuate water found under asphalt. It is essential to keep them well maintained.
Ditches play an important role in protecting the environment. They help maintain biodiversity that allows fauna and flora to grow and flourish. Maintaining vegetation on the sides protects against erosion and acts as a natural filter for sediments.
Property owner’s responsibility
• Openings must be regularly maintained.
• A properly sealed backwater valve must be installed on your indoor foundation drain to prevent water that has overflowed from the ditch from flooding your home.
• DO NOT place rock riprap or landscape the banks of your ditch.
• DO NOT completely re-profile ditches yourself—in other words, DO NOT completely remove vegetation from the bottom, sides or banks of ditches.
• The Town has the expertise required to completely re-profile ditches as needed using specialized machinery.
• DO NOT fill your ditch with grass cuttings or piles of leaves as this may cause a blockage.
The Town’s responsibility
• The Town may re-profile a ditch whenever required to improve water flow.
• The Town must ensure that by-laws and basic information on the maintenance of ditches are available to property owners.