Sewer Operations

Sanitary sewage collection is provided to most properties in the Town of Penetanguishene.

Sewage is collected by means of sanitary sewers and combination sewers and delivered to the Philip H. Jones Pollution Control Plant & the Fox Street Plant for treatment prior to being removed from the plant.

In an effort to capture and treat all sanitary sewage, and reduce the amount of rain water being sent through the Pollution Control Plant, the Municipality continues to separate combination sewers into sanitary sewers and storm sewers.

Sewer Separation

Combination sewers are an older method of sewer construction where a single pipe carries both storm and sanitary sewage. As a result during heavy rainfall events sanitary sewage gets bypassed at various overflow sites throughout the Municipality when the flow of rain water exceeds the ability of the combined sewers to carry it away.

Sewer Backups and Maintenance

Sewer Policy

If you are having a problem with sewage back up at your property please contact Public Works Department immediately.


For information on the availability and operation of sanitary and combination sewers please contact Director of Public Works.

Sewer Use By-law

In 1989, the Town passed By-law 1989-63 being a by-law to control waste discharges to to municipal sewers.  This initial by-law was subsequently amended with 2002-101 which was a by-law to amend the penalty section of by-law 1989-63.  

In the name of being financially and environmentally responsible, the Town spends considerable dollars to install and maintain infrastructure.  With the approval of the new Sewer Use By-law, the Town will have a by-law that is created with input from the Severn Sound Environmental Association and modelled using inputs from the Town of Midland, the City of Orillia and the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME).  This revised by-law will allow the Town to put the onus on businesses and residents to ensure that what they are discharging to the municipal sanitary and stormwater collections systems meets the requirements of the by-law.  The version of the by-law that is being amended encouraged compliance, but lacked the ability to enforce compliance.  For example, by requiring restaurants to control the amount of food oil that is discharged to the sanitary sewer, we can better predict the amount of annual maintenance that will be required for the affected downstream components, as grease accumulation will be controlled. 

Another positive effect of implementing an updated Sewer Use By-law will be the consistency that can be achieved at our wastewater treatment facilities and receiving waters as the awareness of the new by-law is circulated.  This consistency will help to eliminate large deviations in the treatment process and will provide for ecosystem stability in the areas of release to Penetanguishene Harbour. 

Click on Sewer Use By-law to view.