The Town of Smiths Falls owns and operates a wastewater system which is comprised of a mechanical treatment facility, three sanitary pump stations and a network of over 58km of gravity sewers.
All wastewater in the Town is collected in sanitary and combined sewers and conveyed by gravity and/or pump stations to the treatment facility located at the intersection of Queen Street and Hershey Drive. The wastewater plant is a Class IV nitrifying treatment activated sludge plant which includes a raw sewage lift station, screening and grit removal, primary treatment, secondary treatment, tertiary filtration and effluent disinfection using ultraviolet light. Primary and thickened waste activated sludge is then dewatered, dried and converted into fertilizer materials that are marketed for off-site reuse. All wastwater is treated in accordance with the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change prior to discharge into the Rideau River.
The Town owns and operates the portion of the sanitary sewer service that runs from the main line to the property line. If structural issues like pipe collapses should develop on this section of line then the municipality will bear responsibility for undertaking all repairs. The landowner is otherwise responsible for all maintenance and repairs of the section of the service that runs from the building plumbing systems to the property line.
In the event of a sewer blockage, it is the owner’s responsibility to clear any obstructions from the house to the mainline. Blockages are usually caused by a build up of solids (excess paper, grease, solids, grit etc.) originating from the existing building or residence. If your plumber is unable to clear a blockage in the Town’s section of the service, please contact the Public Works and Utilities Department at 613-283-4124 Ext 3302 and municipal staff will carry out an on-site assessment.