(a) a pH less than 5.5 or greater than 9.5;3(3) No person shall discharge, into wastewater facilities, sewage or wastewater containing one or more of the following:
(b) two or more separate liquid layers;
(c) a temperature greater than sixty five degrees Celsius.
(a) combustible liquid;By-Law W-101 Respecting Discharge into Public Sewers - June 20, 2001
(c) hauled sewage, hauled wastewater or leachate, except where written permission from the municipality has been obtained;
(e) ignitable waste including but not limited to, flammable liquids, solids, and/or gases, capable of causing or contributing to explosion or supporting combustion in wastewater facilities;
(f) detergents, surface–active agents or other substances that may cause excessive foaming in the wastewater facilities;
(g) sewage containing dyes or colouring materials which pass through wastewater facilities and discolour the wastewater facility or effluent;
(h) pathological waste in any quantity;
(i) material containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs);
(k) reactive materials;
(l) radioactive substances;
(m) leachate, except where the discharger has written permission from the municipality.
Washing Cars & Outdoors Surfaces
No substances other than rain and melted snow can be poured or allowed to flow into an outdoor catch basin (square grates on the street). This includes:
- oils and grease soaps and other cleaning products
- water leaking from a waste/oil bin
- any water used for cleaning (e.g. mop water)
- solid materials (e.g. cigarette butts, tissues, wrappers, etc.)
- Anything other than rain or melted snow that enters a catch basin is considered a spill and can cause damage to the sewer system, pollute the environment and harm aquatic habitat. If you suspect a spill, please contact 311 immediately.
Bylaws related to residential car washing
Can I wash my car on the street?
- Under the Stormwater Bylaw 37M2005, you may use only water to clean your car. If you are washing your car on the street, you must not use any kind of soap or any product other than water, and your car must not be overly dirty.
- Since the Stormwater Bylaw states that only water may enter the storm sewers, we strongly suggest using a carwash to wash vehicles.
What is the fine for washing my car with soap on the street?
- The specified fine for violating this section of the bylaw is $500 for a first offence.
Can I use biodegradable soap to wash my car on the street?
- No. All soaps and detergents are prohibited substances under the Stormwater Bylaw. Only plain water can be used to wash vehicles.
Washing or Repairing Vehicles
68. No person shall stand or park any vehicle on any street for the purpose of washing, greasing or repairing such vehicle except repairs necessitated by an emergency.
68A. No person shall:
(a) wash or grease any vehicle on any street; or
(b) repair any vehicle on any street, except for repairs necessitated by an emergency.