Storm Drains & Culverts
A maze of underground storm drains carry rain and melting snow as it runs off roofs, driveways, roads and other hard surfaces. Along the way, it picks up pet waste, oil, fertilizers, pesticides and other pollutants. These substances are harmful, and if they enter drains and catch basins, they end up in our waterways and eventually the ocean.
Water from storm drains flows directly into streams is not treated before it reaches the natural environment. To protect fish and their habitats, it is important to never wash hazardous substances into the storm drain.
You may notice that many West Vancouver streets are lined with open, unpaved ditches. These ditches help slow water down as it drains off roads and adjacent properties, reducing creek flows and erosion. Open ditches also give pollutants a chance to settle out before reaching creeks and the ocean.
Storm Drainage System Infrastructure
By the numbers:
- storm drainage mains: 235 km
- culverts: 522
- creeks/streams: 26 km
- storm water detention basins: 19
- rain gauges: 5
- oil-grit separator: 1
- grates: 136