Stormwater Management

Fort Saskatchewan's stormwater management system gathers rainfall and surface water runoff to help reduce flooding. Stormwater ponds, wetlands, ditches, underground pipes and even your lot grading are all part of the stormwater management system.

Ponds and wetlands, known as stormwater management facilities, are able to:

  • gather rainfall and surface water runoff
  • reduce the possibility of flooding, erosion and property damage
  • provide a habitat for birds and animals
  • help improve the quality of water flowing to the river by filtering sediment and other pollutants.

Find out what you can do to help keep the water flowing where it needs to go during:

Heavy Rainfall

During heavy rainfall, some ponding on the roads and higher water in greenbelts is normal. The stormwater system will catch up and drain the water where it needs to go. Please note, it can take up to 2 days for water levels to return to normal.

Some important things homeowners can do to help reduce the risk of basement flooding during a storm are:

  • Direct water flow from downspouts at least 1.5 metres from the basement wall.
  • Seal any cracks between your house and driveway.
  • Make sure your sump pump is working properly. Check it by slowly pouring water into the sump tank. Watch for the "float" to rise and trigger the pump. Once the pump has started, the water level will quickly lower and the float will shut off the pump.
  • If you have a rain barrel, make sure the overflow is directed away from your house.
  • Grade and landscape to make sure there is a positive slope away from the wall for at least the first 1.5 metres (5 feet). The ground should drop a minimum of 75mm (3 inches) in this area.
  • Use landscaping to disperse the water more evenly.
  • Aerate your lawn, especially if it is hard and compacted, to help water soak into the ground.
  • If you live beside a stormwater pond, leave natural plants along the shoreline. The plants help to slow the flow of water, which helps prevent flooding downstream.

Freeze-Thaw Conditions

Freeze-thaw cycles can occur through the winter and. Melting snow drains from roofs, yards and driveways and can create icy conditions when temperatures freeze again.

Stormwater pipes, drains, gutters and culverts can freeze and block water from draining from streets. If you notice a frozen storm drain please report any issues through Fort Report or call Public Works at 780-992-6248.

To help ensure spring runoff flows smoothly, take the following steps:

  • Check your culverts and use a shovel to help open up any blockages
  • Keep stormwater drains clear of debris and ice
  • Clear debris out of eavestroughs
  • Point downspouts away from your home
  • Make sure your sump pump is draining
  • Double check that your weeping tiles are in working order