Even if an area is not prone to regular rounds of heavy rainfall, it’s important that the city—especially if it’s a big city like Toronto—maintains its sewer system and makes repairs to the drain infrastructure regularly. This upkeep ensures sanitary conditions and the safety of citizens, as well as clean buildings and other city structures. But why all this maintenance when there is not a real problem? Although not a current issue, we can learn from the situations other cities have found themselves in.
As you can imagine, the sewer system under the area of an entire city, including the exit points to release the sewer water, is massive. Compared to a single home’s plumbing pipes, a city’s sewer drain infrastructure is immense. But what good will it do to update the drain system of a large city if there is no significant damage affecting its integrity? Well, it would be a huge benefit to the people, wildlife and waterways, as well as the condition of structures like residential homes, city buildings, roadways and more.
Toronto’s recent history of drainage issues
Back in 2013, Toronto experienced historic rainfall in early July. This led to officials calling for Toronto’s storm sewer system to receive a major upgrade. According to the charity Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, it was estimated that the rainstorm caused more than a billion liters of untreated sewage water to flow up and out into Toronto’s streets, as well as spill into water systems. City officials said that, although the amount of sewage water was high, the numbers claimed are exaggerated. However, between serious flooding and large amounts of collected city sewage, it can be agreed that the problem will get worse without drain infrastructure upgrades.
Moreover, nearby lakes and waterways will benefit from an updated sewer drain infrastructure. Freshwater ecosystems are important, but water population from sewage negatively impacts water quality. And although sanitary sewage and storm water make it into waterways, if sewers overflow during rainstorms, then untreated water can mix in.
Updating Toronto’s aging drain infrastructure is a worthwhile investment, which will be made better with the addition of green infrastructure to help manage storm water, meaning it prevents much storm water from entering the treatment plant. Overall, a strong drain infrastructure is needed to control and manage excess water to avoid overwhelming the sewer system during storms.
How backwater valves in Toronto can help
Being around raw sewage is very unpleasant—especially when it backs up into your home. Backwater valves in Toronto help homeowners hooked up to a main city sewer system to protect their family from unhealthy sewage and home from damage, and the same is true for city buildings. Backwater valves prevent the backflow of raw sewage into structures through plumbing fixtures—like toilets, showers and sinks. It’s a fantastic and relatively inexpensive flood protection system.
Contact the professional plumbers at Rooter Group Inc. to learn more about the best ways to protect your home or business building from sewage backups caused by heavy rainstorms, damage or regular drain use. Also, ask us about installing backwater valves in Toronto in your home or commercial property!