Street drainage and catch basins
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:
- 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.
Help keep our waterways clean
Do you work at a school or with a community group?
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.
Borrow a catch basin marking kit for free, including fish stencils, yellow paint, and fluorescent safety vests.
Request a marking kit
Recovering lost items
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.