The Oakbank Wastewater Collection System (OWWCS) consists of a combination of concrete and PVC gravity sewer piping constructed over the last 50 years. The older sections of Oakbank are serviced with concrete pipe while the more recently developed sections are serviced with PVC.
The Water and Waste Department undertakes an annual wastewater collection system flushing program that aims to flush 40% of the system. The OWWCS is flushed on a rotational basis every 2-3 years.
The OWWCS sends all flows to the Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility via 5 lift stations located in town namely:
- Springfield Road Lift Station
- Main Street Lift Station
- Elm Street Lift Station
- Sage Place Lift Station
- Buckthorn Lift Station
Weeping Tile and Sump Pump Connections to Wastewater Collection System
As per Municipal By-Law 08-21 connection of weeping tiles, sump pumps and rainwater leaders into the municipal wastewater collection system is NOT PERMITTED.
The addition of clean groundwater to the wastewater collection system places additional stress on the system including use of piping capacity, additional run times for the lift stations, additional treatment of wastewater at the Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility and reduced winter hydraulic storage capacity at the Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility.
These burdens result in additional costs to the Utility which are then passed on to the end user in the form of utility rate increases and property tax increases.
Any person who contravenes or fails to observe the provisions of this By-law is guilty of an offense and is liable on a summary conviction to a fine of five hundred ($500) dollars and costs.