Sanitary Sewer Main Cleaning

Sanitary Sewer Mains collect wastewater from residential, commercial and industrial sanitary sewer service lines. The wastewater travels to the Wastewater Treatment Plant and, following treatment, is released into the Red Deer River.

Clean, clear and free flowing sanitary sewer mains ensures that wastewater continues to flow to the Wastewater Treatment Plant and helps to prevent sewer blockages and backups, which could otherwise end up in the basements of nearby buildings, or overflows from sanitary sewer manholes, causing environmental concern. 

What is involved?

  • A combination vacuum truck uses high velocity jet to clean rocks, dirt, roots and debris from the sanitary sewer mains while vacuuming at the same time. It can take multiple passes to clean the sewer line, and the time to do so varies based on the size of the sewer main and the amount of debris that needs to be cleaned out.
  • The process of vacuuming rocks, dirt, roots and debris can be noisy and may be heard from a block or two away from the site.

Why are sewer mains cleaned overnight?

  • Cleaning the sanitary sewer mains at night is much more efficient and effective as the flows in the main are decreased. As the level of wastewater increases in the mains during the day, cleaning the sanitary sewer mains becomes increasing more difficult, which increases costs. Increased traffic volumes during daytime hours also make cleaning mains more difficult as road closures and detours may be required.

Sanitary Sewer Main Cleaning Schedule

StreetStartEndDate scheduled
47 Street Taylor Drive 47 Avenue October 29-30
43 Street 52 Avenue 49 Avenue October 30-31
48 Avenue 47 Street 55 Street October 31-November 1
Ross Street 48 Avenue 47 Avenue November 1
45 Street 49 Avenue 47 Avenue November 2
Ross Street 48 Avenue 45 Avenue November 4
45 Avenue 50A Street 55 Street November 5
49 Avenue 47 Street 45 Street November 6
45 Avenue 50A Street 51 Street November 7