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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

Detention Ponds


Detention ponds used for storm water management provide temporary storage of rainwater runoff.  Where the capacity of a downstream pipe or stream is less than the runoff flows from development, a detention pond temporarily stores water so it can be released slower for a longer amount of time.  

Detention ponds come in different shapes and size and can be wet or dry. 

They can also provide water quality benefits and wildlife habitat for fish, birds, and amphibians.  Frequently where a detention pond is desired to help service a new development it is incorporated into a park setting for the benefit of Surrey residents. 

Where detention ponds are designed to be wet ponds, they include landscaping and vegetation improve the aesthetics and to encourage wildlife. A visit to any detention pond will provide an opportunity to see the variety of wildlife that populates the area.  Wet ponds and wetlands located in Surrey are safe because birds and frogs naturally control insects along with the City’s pest management system. (Information on the City’s mosquitoes control is available here) (Link to mosquitoes)  

Detention ponds can even be located below ground in the form of a detention tank.  Due to the land requirements for a pond, many commercial developments choose to locate any required detention below ground, enabling the dual use of the same area for both surface access and drainage.

Detention ponds can be one component of the sustainable drainage features of a development project or of a community.

Design details for detention ponds can be found in the City of Surrey engineering design criteria manual.