The Town of Legal provides the sanitary sewer utility service at a flat rate of $20.00 (bi-monthly).
At the March 18, 2019 Council meeting, Council approved the proposed utility rate increases.
Effective May 2019 , the new sanitary sewer flat rate will be $22.00 (bi-monthly) - rates may vary dependent on property (inquire at Town Office).
The sanitary sewer service is billed on a monthly basis for renters and a bi-monthly basis for home owners. Payment must be received at the Town Office by the due date shown on the utility bill. If you are paying a utility bill close to its due date, it is recommended that payment is made directly at the Town Office to avoid penalty.
Payment can be made by Cash, Cheque, or Interac:
During the week of May 19 to 31, 2019, the Public Works department will be conducting sewer flushing throughout town.
Cleaning and inspecting sewer lines are essential to maintaining a properly functioning system; these activities further a community’s reinvestment into its wastewater infrastructure. Sewer Flushing helps clean and remove residual debris from sanitary mains, by directing high-powered jets of water through the interior of the pipes.
During flushing, you are advised to keep toilet lids closed, especially those located in a basement or on the first floor. Splashing can occur, due to the water and air being forced through the mains by means of high pressure water spraying equipment.
There should not be any smell involved with the process. However, the force of the flushing can clear standing water from drain traps. Should you notice a sewer odor after the flushing has been completed, please run water in all drains, including any floor drains. This should eliminate the smell completely.
The Utility Pre-Authorized Payment Plan is an easy and convenient way to pay your utility bill because it removes all the hassle. Automatic payments ensures that your utility bill is paid on time.
This Quick Guide tells you everything you need to know about the pre-authorized program such as, how to join the program, what happens if you miss a payment, how to withdraw from the plan and much more.
To register for enrollment in the pre-authorized utility program, please complete the form below and return it to the Town Office.
Completed form(s) must be delivered to the Town Office by:
The Town offers paper free utility billing. To register for enrollment in the paper free utility program, please complete the form below and return it to the Town Office.
Completed form(s) must be delivered to the Town Office by:
There are two sewer systems that connect to your home and each system is critical to managing and removing a different type of water.
Soiled water from toilets and soapy water from showers or laundry is called wastewater. Wastewater is collected in pipes that run throughout your home. Then it leaves your house through one pipe running beneath your home to the street and leads to the sanitary sewer system.
The sanitary sewer collects wastewater and sends it to the Town's wastewater stabilization ponds where it is treated and eventually evaporates.
The sanitary sewer system is maintained by the Town of Legal.
Rain water and melting snow is called storm water. There is a storm sewer pipe that runs beneath the road outside your home where it collects storm water and leads it to the storm sewer system.
Your home, your neighborhood and the roads running through it are designed to channel storm water. Your neighborhood is graded in such a way that water will run in the right direction toward the storm sewer. Roads are designed to withstand large amounts of water during large storm events but sometimes, water may rise over the curb and flow onto your property. That is why it is very important to check the grade of your property and to assess it from time to time to make sure water continues to drain away from your foundation.
The storm sewer is maintained by the Town of Legal.
The sanitary sewer is a fairly small pipe designed to carry wastewater generated in your home. The storm sewer is a much larger pipe designed to carry rain water and spring snow melt.
Homeowners have certain responsibilities when it comes to maintaining the sewer system as it relates to the home.
The pipes throughout your home that collect wastewater are a homeowner’s responsibility. Keeping these pipes free of debris - like hair or grease - keeps them functioning properly.
The section of pipe that runs beneath your home to the property line is also a homeowner’s responsibility. If that section of pipe gets clogged with large objects being flushed down a toilet, by a large amount of grease from the kitchen sink, or by the roots of the trees on your lawn, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to have it cleared out.
If you think you are having problems with the pipe beneath your home, contact the Town Office.
Remember, sinks and toilets are not a garbage can. Please dispose of diapers, large objects, hair and grease into the garbage and not into your pipes. Backups are most commonly caused by items that should never be flushed down the toilet or poured down the drain.
The storm sewer carries storm water from roads, paved areas, roofs and surface drains as well as from building foundations. The storm sewer is mostly the responsibility of the Town. But water on your property is a homeowners’ responsibility and preventative maintenance can make sure storm water gets into the storm sewer as easily as possible:
In the case of a large storm, we ask everyone to be patient. Water will eventually make its way into the storm sewer. Do not go onto the road and open up manhole covers. This may divert water into the sanitary sewer - the sanitary sewer system is not designed for storm water.
Remember, the storm sewer is designed to carry large quantities of water. Make sure the water outside your home is draining toward the storm sewer cover, where it will flow into storm water management system.