Chedoke Falls Drain
Chedoke Creek watershed
Hamilton Mountain storm sewers and sanitary cross-connections
Rectangular and round concrete tunnels converge to exit the Mountain through an arched portal as a spectacular curtain waterfall.
The Chedoke Falls Drain is Hamilton's most spectacular storm sewer, and a strong contender for the most disgusting storm sewer in the city. Despite outfalling as a gorgeous waterfall into a plunge pool that local kids swim in, the drain is contaminated by extensive household sanitary sewer cross-connections. Apparently the developers that built the neighbourhoods above it couldn't be bothered to locate the actual sanitary main that runs parallel to the Chedoke drain, and simply connected many of these houses' outbound plumbing to the storm sewer. Since the drain only sees significant flow during rainstorms, this means that in dry periods the residential sludge accumulates in piles on the dry verges of the drain's floor.
Hamilton Water and Wastewater has been promising for years to address the problem of sanitary cross-connections throughout the city, but I am not aware that anything has yet been done with the Chedoke Falls storm sewers.
Michael Cook is available to speak to your organization about infrastructure history, lost creeks, current conditions, and opportunities for change in our management of and communication about urban watersheds, and to work with teams proposing or implementing such change. Get in touch.