Toronto Water at a Glance

Toronto Water delivers safe drinking water, collects and treats wastewater and provides stormwater management services.

Overview and Services

Toronto Water:

  • Is rate-supported; there is no reliance on property taxes to support Toronto Water's operating and capital budgets
  • Provides service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Provides safe drinking water for approximately 3.4 million residents and businesses in Toronto and portions of York Region
  • Manages safe collection and treatment of wastewater for approximately 2.8 million residents in Toronto and a portion of Peel
    • Collects and treats approximately 415 billion litres of wastewater each year
  • Repairs about 1,500 broken watermains annually
  • Maintains and repairs watermains, sanitary sewer pipes and storm sewers pipes
  • Maintains and services 4 water treatment plants and 4 wastewater treatment plants

Water assets: $9.1 billion

  • four water filtration plants
  • 11 reservoirs and four elevated storage tanks
  • 5,501 km of distribution watermains and 549 km of trunk watermains
  • 63,539 valves and 41,349 hydrants
  • 510,623 water service connections, plus York Region (population served 600,000)
  • 18 water pumping stations

Further information on each Water Treatment Plant:

Wastewater assets: $19.1 billion

  • four wastewater treatment plants
  • seven storage and detention tanks
  • 3,935 km of sanitary, 1,524km of combined and 386 km of trunk sewer
  • 4,969 km of storm sewers
  • 152,924 maintenance holes
  • 507,026 sewer service connections
  • 84 wastewater pumping stations
  • 371 km of watercourses, 84 stormwater management ponds
  • 1,841 outfalls & 171,156 catchbasins

Further information on each Wastewater Treatment Plant:

Toronto Water is made up of six sections:

  • Water Treatment & Supply
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • District Operations
  • Water Infrastructure Management
  • Operational Support
  • Business Operations Management

Looking for more information about Toronto Water on-the job, its many assets (plants, sewers, etc.) and how they operate? Read the 2015 Toronto Water Budget Backgrounder.

Last updated: January 2015

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