Municipal Drains are a critical part of our infrastructure, primarily located in rural agricultural areas of the City. These drains are constructed and maintained to improve the drainage of land and serve as a discharge point for private agricultural drainage system. Municipal Drains are implemented by the process outlined in the Ontario Drainage Act.
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMFRA)
Fact Sheet Titled “So, What’s a Municipal Drain?”
OMAFRA Fact Sheet Titled “Top 10 Common Law Drainage Problems Between Rural Neighbours”
OMAFRA Fact Sheet Titled “Common Law Aspects of Water”
Green Belt Project
The City of Kawartha Lakes has undertaken a Lean Six Sigma initiative in order to improve processes. Under this program, the Engineering Division – Municipal Drainage Department, undertook a project to inventory the City’s Municipal Drains and to standardize processes, procedures and templates for Municipal Drain Maintenance Works.
The following are the deliverables from this green belt project:
Municipal Drain Inventory
Municipal Drainage Section (MDS) Mapping
T2 2. Drain Inspection (PDF)
Municipal Drain Appeal Process
The Drainage Act provides three bodies to which a landowner may appeal when a drainage works is being proposed or improved. The appeal bodies are:
- the Court of Revision,
- the Ontario Drainage Tribunal and
- the Drainage Referee.
Summary of the three appeal bodies and list of:
- Grounds for appeals,
- Who can appeal,
- Time line for appeals,
- Identification of appeal body