Stormwater System

The stormwater management system in Airdrie is made up of a network of underground storm mains and above ground Storm Water Management Facilities including swales and stormwater ponds. Stormwater is collected and released from the system in a controlled matter in order to protect infrastructure and ultimately Nose Creek. The City of Airdrie conducts ongoing stormwater quality monitoring to identify trends and minimize adverse effects on the Nose Creek watershed.


Catch basins

Catch basins collect stormwater runoff from rain and melting snow. They are storm system entry points located on the periphery of streets fitted with steel grates to ensure large items do not enter the storm system. When catch basins become blocked with debris or snow and ice flooding may result.

If you notice a blocked or damaged catch basin, flooding in the street, or overland flooding please contact us.


Stormwater management facilities

Stormwater management facilities (SWMF) provide functional storage of stormwater by collecting run-off from rainfall and snow melt events. These include wet and dry ponds, canals, and East Lake. The water levels will fluctuate following rainfall, snow melt, or extended periods of dry weather. These facilities are not intended for recreational use such as swimming, fishing, or kayaking.



Swales are located on some private properties. It the responsibility of the homeowner to keep the swale clear and free of debris. Please check your swale frequently and remove any debris that may have accumulated.



The City of Airdrie, in accordance with the Drainage Bylaw, requires a Dewatering Permit for all users who intend to pump standing surface water into the stormwater management system.

Please contact us at to obtain the application for this permit or click here for an online copy.


Quick facts

  • All water in the street eventually goes into Nose Creek
  • Storm water travels in underground pipes as well as overland before entering the system
  • The City of Airdrie maintains about 225 kilometres of storm sewer line
  • There are 3,276 storm system manholes and 2,546 catch basins

Contact us

P. 403.948.8415

F. 403.948.8403


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