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Program Changes Enacted January 1, 2024

After the careful consideration of Council and senior leadership, The MD has made changes to the Sewer Grinder Maintenance Program. While these changes result in additional responsibilities for affected property owners, the achievable outcome is to provide a more efficient and equitable water/sewer utility services for all MD residents.

The changes implemented on January 1, 2024 are as follows:

  • The Property Owner assumes ownership of their sewer grinder pumps plus all related responsibilities for inspection, installation, removal, maintenance, repairs, and replacement. This includes any and all costs incurred related to the sewer grinder pump.
  • The Property Owner is responsible for all costs incurred to purchase, install and commission the sewer grinder pump and/or sewer package and accessories on private property up to the sanitary curbstop (the curbstop is the service shutoff valve located at the property line).
  • The MD will continue to supply certified sewer grinder pumps for the Property Owner to purchase. Each pump has a five-year warranty. Upon purchase of the sewer grinder pump, this warranty belongs to the Property Owner — not the MD. The MD will sell grinder pumps to the public (at the MD’s cost plus five percent).

Please be advised that the MD no longer offers the option to finance the sewer grinder pumps through the five-year Financial Agreement. All sewer grinder pumps bought from the MD must be paid in full at the time of purchase.

We understand that these changes may cause some inconvenience to you, but we assure you that we will continue to offer support and guidance during this transition. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact the Utilities department.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the MD downloading responsibility onto property owners?

Each property owner is responsible for all sewer infrastructure and accessories on their land up to the sanitary curbstop (service shutoff valve) which is generally located at the property line.

Section 6.10 of Bylaw 2003-08 states:

b) The owner of the property shall maintain the sewer from the point where the service is connected to the public sewer main to the building at the owner’s expense.

c) If the point where the MD services connected to the private service cannot be reasonably established, such point of connection shall be deemed to be at the property line.

The MD installed my sewer grinder pump. Don't they own it?

No. If you have a grinder pump on your property, it belongs to you. There is a commonly-held perception that grinder pumps are owned by the MD because the installation and maintenance has been supplied by the Municipality. Each pump installed by the MD has been paid for by the property owner.

I don't know anything about sewer grinder pumps. What are my options?

Learn About Your Grinder Pump. If you are not already familiar with your grinder pump, take the time to understand its operation and maintenance requirements. A Homeowner’s Guide containing general grinder pump care and maintenance information can be viewed and downloaded from the Water & Utilities section of the website. Manuals and other resources are also available through the respective pump manufacturer websites:

If the MD no longer installs and services sewer grinder pumps, who does?

Grinder pump installation and maintenance services can be provided by a qualified plumbing or electrical contractor. Below is a list of area contractors who have assisted the MD with sewer grinder pump installation, maintenance and troubleshooting.

  • D’Lanne Electro Controls Ltd.: 780.849.4316
  • Olsen Electrical Services: 780.805.9820
  • B. Bellerive Backhoe Service Ltd.: 780.849.3099

Note: The Government of Alberta maintains a downloadable list of certified private sewage sysems installers.

If I replace my grinder pump, does the warranty reset?

No, the warranty period does not reset. No matter how many repairs or replacements you receive in relation to your original grinder pump, the time limit or the original warranty still stands. Your replacement pump would only be under guarantee for whatever time period was still remaining from the original guarantee.

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