Irrigation & Drainage

Irrigation & Drainage

Regular Hours of Operation
Maintenance staff: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
Office hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

Contact Us
We can be reached at 905-468-3266 during normal office hours, indirectly through an answering service at 905‑468-3278 after hours, or by fax at 905-468-1722.

Irrigation & Drainage Superintendent
The Superintendent's responsibilities include overseeing the construction, maintenance and operation of the municipal irrigation systems and municipal drains. Also included is assisting the Town Clerk in the processing of tile drainage loans and carrying out inspections in accordance with the Tile Drainage Act.

• Irrigation
• Drainage


Notice of Meeting: Expectations for the 2018 Irrigation Season- Tuesday, March 27, 2018

2018 Irrigation Fees and Charges
In order to irrigate from Town Irrigation Systems, please complete and submit the Application Form.  The rates are as follows:

Annual Costs:
1 to 5 acres $132.00 minimum
5.1 acres to 20 acres $264.00 minimum
20.1 acres and over $13.50 per acre
Golf Courses $33.00 per acre
Greenhouses $0.0132 per square foot plus $17.16 per acre for Nursery Stock (if applicable)
Nursery Stock $17.16 per acre (minimum $528.00)

Irrigating directly from:
 Lake Ontario
• Niagara River
• Welland Canal

To guarantee access to Town Irrigation System without penalty: 30% X (Applicable Rate) to be paid prior to irrigating from the Town's Municipal Irrigation System(s): Balance of 70% X (Applicable Rate)

Capital Costs
Current Rate: $19.85 per acre
* If the property is new to the irrigation system, a Buy-in Charge is required for the first year rather than the $19.85/acre.  The rates for 2018 are as follows:

1-5 1,372.50
5.1-10 2,745.00
10.1-15 4,117.50
15.1-20 5,490.00
20.1-25 6,862.50
25.1-30 8,235.00

Monthly Record of Water Taking:
All irrigators drawing water from the Town’s municipal irrigation system shall keep a daily record of water takings, and submit the information within seven (7) days following each calendar month during the irrigation season (May – September).

There are two options for filing these records:
1) Downloading a copy of the 2018 Monthly Record of Water Taking Form and submitting it in person or by fax, or
2) Completing and submitting the 2017 Online Water Taking Form 

Please take note, the water taking forms have been updated as the Ministry of Environment (MOE) is requiring additional information to be provided for all water records.

Note: If a "Submit Form" button does not appear in the top right-hand corner when you open the Online Water Taking Form, you will need to upgrade your Adobe PDF Reader.  Click here to download the correct software.  If you have any trouble with the online submission, please contact the Public Works division at 905-468-3266.


Public Notice

Vegetated Buffers & Invasive Species (Phragmites) Workshop Information

A two day public workshop was conducted at the Community Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake on March 11 and 12, 2016.  The focus was on invasive species (phragmites) and discussing vegetated buffers along municipal drain watercourses.  A copy of the presentation and materials is available below.  Please note that some of the files are very large and can only be viewed as copying them will take considerable time.
LSPCG Brochure February 2015 Final
Municipal Drainage and Phragmites Presentation
NOTL March 11, 2016 - 1:00 p.m.
Phragmites and Buffers Presentation
Phragmites Agricultural Fact Sheet Final
Phragmites Fact Sheet May 2015 Final
Phragmites Brochure Final
Sassafrase Farms Project Experience - Small
Smart Practices for the Control of Phragmites in Ditches
Vegetated Buffers and Invasive Species (Phragmites)

2016 - 2017 Municipal Drain Maintenance
2016 - 2017 Municipal Drain Tender Notice
2016 - 2017 Drain Maintenance Tender Information
2016 - 2017 Drain Maintenance Tender Addendum
2016 - 2017 Municipal Drains & Irrigation Map

2015 Drain Maintenance
• Peter's Branch: Notice & Watershed Map
• Harrison #1: Notice & Watershed Map
• Gerden: Notice & Watershed Map
• Neufeldt: Notice & Watershed Map
• Mazur: Notice & Watershed Map
• Four Mile Creek #4: Notice & Watershed Map
• West Branch: Notice & Watershed Map