Does Public Sewer Run Past My House? 

The County owns sewer systems in Bible Hill, Brookfield, Debert, Great Village, Hilden, North River, Onslow, Salmon River, Tatamagouche, Truro Heights, and Valley.

To see if there is a public sewer system in your area, check out the maps below:

How Can I Connect to the Sewer System?

All new connections to the sewer system require a permit from our Community Development Office.

Permits cost $150 which $50 is refundable after inspection is complete.

For residential properties (single family and duplex), if there is no lateral extending from the main line to the property line, owners are required to pay $3,500 to have Public Works install the new lateral to the property line.

For multi-unit and commercial properties, the Owner is responsible for the installation of the lateral from the main line to the property line.

Be sure to protect yourself from sewer backups by installing a backwater valve on your sewer line.

Typical lateral connection

What If I Have a Blocked Sewer?

The sewer line running from your home to the main line under the road (your ‘lateral’) can sometimes be blocked by grease, fat, paper products, flushable wipes or roots.

If you suspect you have a sewer blockage, the first step is to call the Public Works Office at 902-897-3175 to make sure there are no issues with the main sewer line.

If the main sewer line is running properly, you will need to hire a plumber to clear the blockage in your lateral. The County does not clear blockages in sewer laterals.

What Can I Flush?

Sewer blockages can lead to costly property damage!

Help prevent sewer blockages in your home and in the County lines by following pdf these simple rules (451 KB) .

How Do You Keep the County Sewer System Running Properly?

The County owns and maintains roughly 211 km of sewer lines, 31 sewage pumping stations and over 2,000 manholes.

Staff spend many hours repairing, cleaning, and inspecting the sewer lines under the road. It is really important we keep these main lines running freely.

Sewer line flushing is done annually in the Spring and Fall.

Manholes and sewer lines are inspected on a 5 to 7 year rotation for each area.

Manholes and sewer lines

Vacuum truck cleaning manholes and sewer lines.

How Is Sewage Treated?

The County owns and operates 5 sewage treatment plants. See below to find out more about each plant:

1. Central Colchester Wastewater Treatment Facility

Year Constructed 1995
Number of Connections 5,200
Technology Used Sequencing Batch Reactor
Average Flows (m3/day) 18,500
CCWWTF aerial SBR3 Aeration

2. Brookfield Sewage Treatment Plant

Year Constructed 2003
Number of Connections 300
Technology Used Sequencing Batch Reactor
Average Flows (m3/day) 780
Brookfield STP outside Brookfield STP inside

3. Tatamagouche Sewage Treatment Plant

Year Constructed 2005
Number of Connections 160
Technology Used Sequencing Batch Reactor
Average Flows (m3/day) 441
Tata STP outside Tata STP inside

4. Debert Sewage Treatment Plant

Year Constructed 1976
Number of Connections 200
Technology Used Sequencing Batch Reactor
Average Flows (m3/day) 576
Debert STP outside Debert STP UV Decant

5 Great Village Treatment Plant

Year Constructed 2003
Number of Connections 70
Technology Used Activated Sludge
Average Flows (m3/day) 100
GV STP outside GV STP inside

To arrange for a tour of our sewage treatment plant, contact our Manager, Don Cameron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What If There Is No Public Sewer In My Area?

If you are located in an area without a public sewer system, you will need to install an on-site septic system.

For more information on septic systems, contact Nova Scotia Environment at 902-893-5880.

Call Before You Dig!

Sewer lines can be located anywhere. Contact the Public Works Office at 902-897-3175 for pipe locates before digging or fill out the form below and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

pdf Infrastructure Location Request (307 KB)