Google Translate
Translation – Explanation and Caution

The electronic translation service on the City of Surrey’s web site is hosted by Google Translate. The quality of the translation may vary in some of the languages offered by Google. The goal of the basic translation is to capture the general intention of the original English material.

Google Translate is a free service and currently offers translation in over 50 languages. Unfortunately, not all the languages spoken in the City of Surrey are translated. Punjabi is one of the languages not currently offered, and to remedy the situation, the City has been in contact with Google and they have committed to making Punjabi available in the future.

The City of Surrey cannot guarantee the quality, accuracy, or completeness of any translated information. Before you act on translated information, the City encourages you to confirm any facts that are important to you and the decisions you make.

The City of Surrey offers interpretation services at all its facilities. If you have a question about the material you read on our web site, we encourage you to stop by a City facilities to discuss it. You can also contact the City at (604) 591-4011 to receive interpretation support.

The City is committed to enhancing the accessibility of its web site to all its citizens, and appreciates any feedback that it receives.

Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Tagalog, Hindi

Sustainable Drainage


A sustainable drainage feature is any storm water management structure that reduces the negative impact of change on the existing drainage system. This can also be known as a Best Management Practice (BMP), Low Impact Development (LID) feature, or Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUD). The objective of these features is to maintain the same runoff characteristics on a site that existed prior to development or change. With climate and environmental changes, the need to include sustainable drainage features into development becomes even more important.

Many sustainable drainage features are generic and can be implemented easily on any lot.  Homeowners and developers can improve sustainability by providing trees and increasing the depth of absorbent topsoil on lots.

Sustainable drainage features can be implemented at the individual lot level, local community level, city wide, and regionally.

Common sustainable drainage features include:

      • Roof leader disconnection
      • Absorbent landscaping
      • Pervious pavements
      • Green roofs
      • Exfiltration
      • Retention
      • Detention ponds and wetlands
      • Sediment control devices
      • Careful site planning (preserve grades, tree cover, watercourses)

Sustainable drainage features provide many benefits such as providing water quality treatment, reducing channel erosion, controlling flooding by reducing peak flow and flow volume, and recharging the groundwater.

Detailed information on sustainable drainage features can be found in the City of Surrey, and at the following websites: 

Other Associations Involved in Sustainability Policy and Practice