What is a swale?

Swales are concrete or grass channels used to catch and direct surface runoff.  If you have a swale on your property, it is your responsibility to ensure it remains clear and free of debris to allow water to drain freely.

Love your swale

Show your swale a little love and it will help water drain away from your home, your neighbours’ homes and all the way to the storm sewer:

  • check your swales every week or two
  • clear out leaves and other debris
  • don’t direct downspounts into swales

If you have questions about the swale on your property, please contact us:
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1. What is a trap low?
2. What is a swale?
3. Can I build a retaining wall on my property?
4. What is a lot grading certificate?
5. When is the Town responsible for infrastructure?
6. Where can I get a Safety Codes permit application?