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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

Sewer Rehabilitation Program

Surrey has an annual program to rehabilitate its sewer mainly to reduce the extraneous inflow into the sewer system and to prevent the premature failure of the sewer system.  Groundwater enters the sewer system through cracks, joint displacement in the sewer pipes, connections, building sewer sand appurtenances.  Rainwater can also enters the system if the building rain gutters and foundation soil drains are connected to the system.  Discharge rainwater to the sewer system is illegal and will be fined if owners do not disconnect their rain gutters or soil drains to the system.

Every year City assess by flow monitor the extent of this Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) by catchments.  The severity of this Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) will be ranked and rehab work on the most severe catchments.  Normally these catchments are in the older sub-divisions serviced by brittle pipe materials or in areas with high ground water table.

Rehabilitation consists of pressure testing and grouting failures, utilizing trenchless technologies for cost-effective replacements or open-trench replacements. Holes on the manhole covers are plugged to eliminate the chance of clean water inflow. Reducing this extraneous inflow will save money for the community as the treatment plant and trunk sewers need to be upgrade to handle this additional wet weather flow.  Wet weather flow can exceed twice the dry weather flow.  In addition, reducing the wet weather flow will mitigate the sanitary sewerage overflows.

Below are photos of Pipe Bursting trenchless technology





However, 30% to 70% of the Inflow and Infiltration (I&I)  is from the private laterals (building sewers).  Owners are responsible for repairing or replacing their building sewer such that no rainwater or groundwater enters the system.  City has initiated a policy requiring all connections that are 30 years old or older be replaced when the lot is developed.

Owners’ Role to Assist

Owners can further assist the community by:

  • Reducing water consumption such as installing low flow water toilets.
  • Repairing leaky plumbing fixtures promptly.
  • Covering their outdoor swimming pool during fall and winter and do not drain their pool during a rain event.
  • Check whether the sewer connection has been replaced and in a good conditions when purchasing a property.