Municipality of Bayham

Municipal Drainage

Municipal Drains have been a fixture of rural Ontario's infrastructure since the 1800's. Most municipal drains were constructed to improve the drainage of agricultural land by serving as the discharge point for private agricultural tile drainage systems.  However, they also remove excess water collected by roadside ditches, residential lots, churches, schools, industrial lands, commercial lands and any other properties in rural areas.

Municipal Drains are a vital component of the local infrastructure. Without them, many areas of the province would be subjected to regular flooding, reduced production from agricultural land and increased public health risks.

For further information as to what a municipal drain is and what is required of the property owners please visit the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.  Additional information can be found within the Drainage Act.

Drainage Act Forms

For inquiries regarding Municipal Drainage please contact:

Bill Knifton | Drainage Superintendent    


T:  519-866-5521

Note: As a reminder, it is prohibited to connect any drainage systems other than storm water to storm sewers, including catch basins, municipal drains and roadside ditches.

All ditch cleaning or any works to do alterations to a ditch that has water flowing or discharges into water courses requires a permit from the Conservation Authority.