What is Stormwater?
Did you know that in addition to providing quality drinking water and treating wastewater, Toronto Water also helps deal with rain water and melted snow? It may not seem as important as drinking water and wastewater treatment, but managing stormwater is essential to improving the health of our waterways and reducing basement flooding.
Read more about stormwater.
Disconnecting downspout(s) from the sewer system can reduce the risk of basement flooding and releasing polluted rainwater into our local waterways.It is mandatory for property owners to disconnect their downspouts.
The Wet Weather Flow Master Plan is a long term plan that includes a 25-year implementation plan to reduce and ultimately eliminate the adverse affects of wet weather flow, which is runoff generated by rain and melted snow.
In 2008, the City of Toronto launched the Don River and Central Waterfront Project - a study to improve water quality in the Don River and Central Waterfront, which are among the most degraded waterways in the City.
Help reduce the impact of stormwater runoff. There are many things you can do around the home, including:
- Disconnect your downspouts.
- Increase the amount of green space or other porous surfaces on your property to help absorb rain water.
- Do not wash your car in the driveway or roadway.
There are lots of other things you can do, click here for more.
Blue Flag is an internationally recognized eco-label awarded to beaches that achieve high standards in 29 criteria including water quality, environmental education, environmental management, and safety and services.
Read more about the Fishes of Toronto in this special book created to celebrate the Year of Biodiversity (2010). This is part of the Biodiversity Series celebrating the flora and fauna of our city.