Consequences of a Spill 

Under the City of Brantford, Sewer Use Bylaw, Municipal Code 281, there are limits for what can be discharged into the Storm Sewer System.

Any hazardous wastes (examples: oils, gasoline, cleaners, solvents, paints) that are disposed of into a natural water body will cause the destruction of aquatic life.

If materials containing phosphates are disposed into natural water body, an algae bloom can be created. The algae will use up the oxygen in the water, and will deprive the aquatic life of the much-needed oxygen. Examples of phosphate-containing products are wash soaps, sanitizer, and many cleaning products.
Some wastes can deplete the oxygen levels in water, even though they may be labeled “biodegradable.” Oxygen depletion will affect the fish and other aquatic species living in that water, and could result in fish kills.

Water containing more than 15 milligrams per litre of suspended solids is prohibited from entering the storm sewer system. High amounts of sediment can interfere with the proper operation of the storm sewer system, along with possible causing problems for the ecosystems in the receiving streams.

Substances with a pH of less than 6.0 and higher than 9.0 are prohibited from entering the storm sewer system. Low and high pH levels can cause problems in the ecosystems of receiving streams. For example concrete wash water/ mortar residues have a high pH and are prohibited from being discharged into the storm sewer system.

In the event a spill occurs to the storm sewer system, contact Public Works at 519-752-4832 (24 hrs) or Pollution Control at 519-752-5263 (8 am to 4 pm Mon. - Fri.).