The City has plans to upgrade water, drainage and sewer infrastructure in North Surrey.

Project Description

The City is beginning to modernize aging water, drainage and sewer infrastructure in the established ‘Birdland’ residential neighbourhood in North Surrey. As part of the City’s 10-Year Servicing Plan (2018-2026) and East Bon Accord Sub-Watershed Updated Functional Drainage Plan (2010), the City will undertake a multi-phase neighbourhood utility upgrade program.

The project area is currently serviced by storm sewers, sanitary sewers and water mains that are nearing the end of their design life, and in some instances, are undersized and located in side or rear yard easements.

Phase 1 will focus on replacing 3.7 kilometres of storm, sanitary and water pipes on Pheasant Drive, Swan Crescent, Oriole Drive, 111A Street and 152 Street. In coordination with these utility upgrades, there's also an opportunity to refinish impacted roads with new edge-to-edge pavement. By coordinating utility and roadway improvements, the City’s intent is to prevent the need to return in the short term for further construction works.

Additionally, the City’s utility upgrades are also being closely coordinated with Metro Vancouver’s 148 Street Water Main project, which is expected to be in construction concurrently. By working together, we aim to minimize impacts to traffic and access to your neighbourhood, along with other construction-related disruptions.

What We’re Aiming To Do

This project will:

  • Increase the carrying capacity of the undersize pipes
  • Relocate drainage infrastructure to more optimum locations improving servicing and maintenance
  • Eliminate pipes made of inferior materials
  • Reduce potential for negative environmental impacts, such as sewage overflows, by providing a complete drainage network
  • Support future growth and neighbourhood redevelopment

Why Improvements are Needed

This neighbourhood currently has a high amount of rainwater and groundwater that enters the sanitary sewer system.

Why is this a problem? When water from surrounding environments enters the sewage system, it reduces the sanitary sewer system’s ability to carry wastewater. This added water, known as inflow and infiltration (I&I), may cause sewer backups into homes or businesses, or overflows to roads, creeks or sensitive habitat areas. It also means groundwater and rainwater will be sent to the wastewater treatment plant for cleaning, which is unnecessary.

By replacing the sanitary sewer system in your area, the City is working to reduce I&I entering the sewers. Studies have shown that up to 70 percent of I&I comes from pipes on private property. Do your part to reduce I&I even further by having the sanitary and drainage pipes on your property reviewed by a plumber and repaired, if needed.

Public Involvement

A drop-in style open house meeting where residents could see initial plans and provide their feedback was held on December 5, 2018 at Holly Elementary School.

Project Impacts and Mitigation

Like any large construction project, you can expect some delays and disruptions. Driveway access may be temporarily blocked during work hours as construction occurs in front of your property; however, driveway access will be restored at the end of each working day.

Landscaping, vegetation, driveway surface materials and other features within the road right-of-way (boulevard) may be impacted or removed to allow for construction.  It is not anticipated that there will be impacts to private property for this project.

Be assured that the City’s contractor will be required to ensure that water, sanitary sewer and drainage service to your property is uninterrupted throughout construction. The City will notify you in advance of any impacts to the public boulevard features in front of your property.

Project Location

The multi-phase upgrade program in the area known as Birdland in North Surrey is roughly bounded by Highway 1 to the north, 152 Street to the east, 108 Avenue to the south and 148 Street to the west. Phase 1 works will focus on the streets below:


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Project Timeline

  • Consultation on Initial Designs: December 2018
  • Design Completion: January 2019
  • Tender: January 2019
  • Contract Award: February 2019
  • Phase 1 Construction: Spring/Summer 2019

Contact Information

If you have any questions or wish to provide feedback, please contact Ryan Icasiano, the City of Surrey’s Project Manager at 604-591-4284 or