Consequences of a Spill 

When a hazardous material is spilled or dumped into the sanitary sewer system, it can cause several serious problems.

  • When either a strong acid or base is discharged, corrosion of the sewer pipes can occur.
  • When solids, greases, fats, oils or waxes are discharged down the drain into the sanitary sewer system, blockages can be created. These blockages can result in sewage backing up in the system. If you know or suspect you have a sewage blockage, please contact the City of Brantford Customer Services Dept. at 519-756-1360 for more information. See the Residential Grease Information webpage for further information on preventing sanitary sewer blockages for both residents and restaurant establishments.
  • When flammable substances are spilled or discharged into either the sanitary or storm sewers, explosive conditions may results, along with the associated odours entering nearby structures. In the event a spill of a flammable substance occurs, please contact the Fire Department immediately at 519-752-4346.
  • All substances discharged to the sanitary sewer system flow to the Sewage Treatment Plant, where biological treatment, along with other types of treatment takes place. The biological treatment is a fragile system, where microscopic organisms are used to “clean” the wastewater. If a hazardous chemical or substance is discharged into the sanitary sewer system, the chemical can “kill” these organisms, causing an upset at the Sewage Treatment Plant. In the event a hazardous chemical is released into the sanitary sewer system, please contact the Water Pollution Control Plant immediately at 519-756-5957.
  • There are substances that are not “treatable” at the Sewage Treatment Plant. In the event “non-treatable” substances are discharged into the sanitary sewer system, they can pass through the Sewage Treatment Plant and into the environment. Please see the Sewer Use Bylaw, Municipal Chapter 281 (see Bylaws at the bottom of the Sanitary and Storm Sewers page) for all sanitary sewer bylaw limitations for discharge. Also please call the Pollution Control Department at 519-752-5263 for any additional information required.
  • Any residential unwanted chemical wastes or oils can be brought to the Brantford Landfill Site located at 20 Morrison Road during Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Days. As long as the waste is residential, there is no charge for disposal. For details on these days, please refer the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal webpage or telephone 519-759-1350. For more information on the disposal of industrial/ commercial waste please call the Pollution Control Department at 519-752-5263.