Sewer & Drainage

New sanitary sewer and storm water management infrastructure is designed and approved in conformance with the requirements of Subdivision and Development Control Bylaw No. 430, 2003.

While the Engineering Department plans, designs, and oversees construction of new sanitary sewer and storm water systems, it is the Public Works and Waste Water departments that ensures these services are maintained at high standards. 

The many services that the District provides include:

  • Operation and maintenance of 1 waste water treatment plant,  and 8 lift stations 
  • Maintenance of the underground piping systems that collect sewer or storm water;  
    • Over 50 km of sanitary sewer
    • Over 20 km of storm sewer
    • Over 50 km of ditch
  • Construction of minor capital projects;
  • Sewer service problems
  • Sewer service installations
  • Sewer odour complaints        

Our Wastewater System:

  • Connected Population = 6,000
  • Average flow = 2,200cu.m/day
  • Plus 20,000 more people for septage receiving
  • 50+ km of sewer lines
  • 8 lift stations
  • Oldest parts 1960’s
  • Ocean outfall

What not to flush down toilets, sinks and drains

The only things that are OK to flush are pee, poop and toilet paper. Anything else can lead to sewage back-ups and blockages in the system. 

Protect your home and the District wastewater system against costly repairs by keeping these items out of your toilets, sinks and drains:

  • Wipes, paper towel and facial tissue
    • "Flushable" wipes are not flushable. They retain their shape and don't break down in pipes.
  • Bathroom items - Sanitary pads, tampons, diapers, cotton balls, q-tips, condoms, dental floss.
  • Hair
  • Fats, oils and grease - wipe with a paper towel and dispose in your green compost bin.
  • Medication - take unused medication to a pharmacy for safe disposal.
  • Household hazardous waste - cleaners, disinfectants, chemicals and paint thinners are considered hazardous waste and should be taken to the Sechelt Landfill for safe disposal.

Need to find out how to properly dispose of an item? Check out the Waste Wizard


The District of Sechelt: How Does it Really Work? In September 2018, Sunshine Coast ElderCollege hosted a 2-part lecture on local government. Click here to download a PDF of the presentation given by the Public Works Department.

While District staff does its best to maintain systems in peak condition, problems do sometimes arise. Call the Public Works Department for help with the following:

  • Sewer discharge
  • Bad odours
  • Basement flooding
  • Blocked/overflowing culverts
  • Locating sewer connection
  • Sewer connection information

Even if you cannot see that it is working you can trust that it is working.