Street drainage and storm drains

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

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

A clogged storm drain, 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 storm drains routes through underground pipes back into local streams, and not to the sewage treatment plant along with household and industrial wastewater.

How to keep drains 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 storm drains, to remind everyone that what we pour down the drain can harm our rivers and oceans.

Call 3-1-1 to request a storm drain marking kit.

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

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Recover a lost item

If you accidentally dropĀ a personal item, like your keys, down a City storm drain, call the City, and we will do our best to help you get your property back.