Keep catch basins clear
There are more than 60,000 catch basins in Edmonton. Catch basins are curbside drains that move snow melt and storm water into the drainage system to prevent pooling of water on our city streets. You can help keep the water moving and off neighbourhood streets by clearing debris or removing ice and snow that are blocking catch basins.
What you can do:
- Move leaves or debris away from the catch basin drain to prevent blockage and stop debris from entering our storm sewers.
- Remove ice and snow from the face of the catch basin with a shovel or ice scraper. It is also helpful to create a trench leading up to the catch basin (around corners and along driveways).
- If there is a large snow windrow from street cleaning covering the catch basin, call 311 and request assistance with clearing the snow from the City of Edmonton Transportation Department.
- Once the face of the catch basin is clean, peek inside the basin to see if there is water at the top of the basin or determine if the basin grate is damaged. If this is the case, call 311 to have our drainage team release the catch basin.
With the large number of catch basins in the city, it may take some time for our crews to respond to blocked catch basins. We will respond to requests based on severity of street pooling, which can create a significant safety hazard or may cause damage to property.