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Drainage refers to the movement of water through naturally occurring rivers, creeks, streams and waterways, or through the construction of ditches, pipes and pumping stations.

The Town of Essex maintains over 380 municipal drains. Agricultural production is a key industry in the rural areas of the municipality and requires sufficient drainage.

What is a municipal drain?

Under the Ontario Drainage Act, the Town of Essex is responsible for the maintenance, repair, improvement and expansion of the Town’s drain infrastructure.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAFRA) provides a Drainage eReference Tool that may assist you in understanding the different types of drains and finding a solution to your particular problem.