Drainage and Catch Basins
The Utilities Services Division oversees the City's complex drainage and flood protection system.
Catch basins, also called storm drains, are part of this City-wide system that helps manage snow melt, run-off and rain in Kamloops.
Keep Catch Basins Clear
Catch basins work similar to drains inside homes. When they get clogged with debris, they can back up and
cause flooding. There are easy actions residents can take to help keep catch basins clear. Throughout the winter, spring and fall, residents are encouraged to keep their catch basins cleared of snow, ice, leaves, and other debris.
Following a snowfall, residents can also help by shoveling snow to the right of their driveways and before the curb (when facing the road), rather than shoveling snow onto the curb where ice can build up and block the system. In the spring and fall, residents are encouraged to remove debris such as leaves and twigs away from catch basins.
Never Pour Anything Down a Catch Basin
Catch basins provide drainage for untreated snow melt and storm water, which drains into pipes that go directly to creeks, streams and rivers, as well as green spaces, and rock pit drainage areas. Water that flows to catch basins is NOT piped to water treatment facililities and cleaned before it returns to streams, rivers and other natural spaces. That is why it is very important that residents do not place or pour anything into catch basins. The end result could cause water contamination and significant harm to natural areas, wildlife and people.
Find the Catch Basin Nearest Your Home
Finding catch basins nearest homes is now easier thanks to a new mapping tool developed by the City. When residents click on this catch basin map, they can type in their address to see where the nearest catch basin is located on their street.
If you see a catch basin that is backed up, please call the City at 250-828-3461.
We all have a part to play in keeping drainage systems running optimally and helping to protect the environment.