Sewer Cleaning & Inspection Program

What are sewers? 

Sewers are underground pipes that carry wastewater from homes and businesses to the City of Steinbach’s Sewage Treatment Lagoon. Everything you pour down your drains or flush down your toilet goes into a sewer. 

Why do the sewers need cleaning and inspecting? 

The cleaning and inspection program keeps the City’s sewer system operating efficiently by: 

  • Helping prevent blockages and backups; 
  • Removing built-up debris, such as tree roots, grease, sand and grit; and 
  • Determining the condition of the sewer so the City can repair or replace sewers as necessary. 

How are the sewers cleaned and inspected? 

A high-pressure nozzle flushes water down the sewer. The dirt and debris are sucked up through a manhole by a large vacuum truck and taken to the Steinbach Landfill. A remotely operated video camera is then inserted into the sewer to record its condition. From the video, City staff can determine if the sewer needs any repairs or if it needs to be replaced. 

Are sewers always cleaned and inspected at the same time? 

Most sewers are cleaned and inspected at the same time. Sometimes, the sewer is cleaned first and then inspected within two weeks. If the City has to return to your street to inspect the sewer, you will receive another notice advising you to take the same precautions to prevent water damage. 

How long does it take to clean the sewers on each block? 

It usually takes three to five hours to clean the sewer on each block. However, some sewers can take longer depending on their size and condition. 

Can I use water while you are cleaning and inspecting the sewer on my block? 

Yes. However, please be careful as air pressure in the sewer during cleaning and inspecting can sometimes cause water to splash out through toilets, sinks and drains. Remember to close the lids on all toilet bowls when not in use, and insert drain plugs in all sinks and bathtubs when not in use. 

When does the City clean the sewers? 

The City of Steinbach cleans sewers in selected areas of the city each year, usually between July and October, Monday to Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. City staff realize that the equipment is very noisy and may disturb some residents. Sometimes this cannot be avoided and we appreciate your patience as we work to maintain the City’s infrastructure. 

What other ways can I protect my home against sewer backup? 

The sewer cleaning and inspection program is one of the steps that the City takes to reduce the risk of sewer backup. Other steps that you can take to protect your home against basement flooding include: 

  • Installing a backwater valve and sump pit drainage system; 
  • Checking and maintain your backwater valve and sump pit drainage system regularly; and 
  • Improving drainage around your house. 


If you have any questions or concerns regarding this work, please contact the City’s Waterworks Department by phone at 204.346.6214 or by e-mail at