Storm Drainage

Interior of the Municipality of Leamington

Leamington has well over 300 municipal drains within the Municipality.  Due to our flat terrain and predominately agriculture lands, the need for drainage is very important.  The Drainage Act is legislation provided by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.  It is the Drainage Superintendent’s role to follow this legislation.  The Drainage Act provides a democratic procedure for the construction, improvement and maintenance of drainage works. 

 Drain Maintenance

Drainage works are maintained by the Municipality at the expense of all the upstream lands and roads assessed by the Engineer's report. Any person, whose property is injured, may give the Clerk 45 days notice to repair the drainage works.  If an owner obstructs a drain, the obstruction may be removed at his expense.  A Municipality with an approved drainage superintendent may receive a grant for maintenance work.

Improvement/New Construction

Council can improve a drain on the report of an Engineer, without a petition. An owner can make a written request to Council for the improvements of a drain, or, Council can initiate the improvements. The procedure follows that for a petition drain as much as possible starting at step 3 in the Order of Procedure. 

 The Tile Drainage Act
The Tile Drainage Act makes loans available for the drainage work done on a farm. A loan is obtained from the provincial government through the township council.  After the township has passed the necessary borrowing by-law, an assessed owner may make application for a loan. The application is made prior to the work commencing. The loan cannot exceed 75% of the total cost of the drainage system. The approval of a loan application lies within the discretion of Council. Council may request such information as they are required to arrive at a decision. Written notice of the Council's decision is given to each applicant. After Council's approval of the loan, the work may commence.


The Tile Loan Act

Agricultural Drainage Infrastructure Program (Farm Grant)

Roadside Ditches
Roadside ditches or enclosed drainage systems in the rural area are designed to handle road water only. 

On occasion a property that drains into a roadside drain requests the drain or tile to be maintained.  Since this is not a municipal drain there is no way to assess costs fairly, therefore the municipality has implemented a two-third, one-third cost sharing.


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