Street drainage and catch basins

Report storm drain or catch basin problems, including flooding, to the City.

Catch basins, also called storm drains, are installed in curbs to receive, and direct the flow of storm water into City sewer mains.

A clogged catch basin, and missing or damaged grates can lead to:

  • Flooding
  • Street and property damage
  • Unsafe conditions for drivers and pedestrians

In areas with separated sewers, the water from catch basins routes through underground pipes back into local streams, and not to the sewage treatment plant along with household and industrial wastewater.

How to keep basins clear Our sewer separation program

Help keep our rivers and oceans clean

Yellow fish are used to mark street drains that discharge into local waters.

Volunteer to paint yellow fish on Vancouver's catch basins, to remind everyone that what we pour down the drain can harm our rivers and oceans.

Call 3-1-1 to request a catch basin marking kit.

To learn more about the catch basin marking program, visit the federal Fisheries and Oceans Canada website.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Recover a lost item

Call 3-1-1 if you accidently drop a personal item, like your keys, down a city catch basin. We will do our best to help you get your property back.