Collections (Sewer)

About Us

The Collection Systems Department's primary mission is to provide a business-like approach to the operation and management for the City of Canton's 500 miles of underground sewers.

What Does This Mean?

Our department is a service department dedicated to the functionality of our city's sewers, which in turns lends itself to the overall general health and well being of our citizens and to the industries in which we serve.

The Collection System's personnel are trained in the efficient use of high velocity sewer cleaners, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment, and other large pieces of construction equipment to tackle cleaning and digging jobs to keep our sewers running efficiently.


The City of Canton has a long history, dating back to the late 1800's, of engineers who designed and installed sewer systems that range from 6 to 72 inches in diameter. These sewers in turn collect and transport wastewater to the City's Water Reclamation Facility, located at 3530 Central Avenue SE, where residential, commercial and industrial wastewater is properly treated and disposed of prior to discharging into the Nimishillen Creek.

Lift Stations

In addition to sewers, the department is responsible for five sanitary lift stations throughout the city. These facilities, all of which have been updated and modernized over the last ten years, provide pumping assistance to our sewer lines that otherwise would drain slowly by gravity. In addition, lift stations are provided with a wireless network called a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System which provides real-time data to the department's computer systems.

Under Ohio Revised Code Section Chapter 729, the department funding is collected solely through residents' monthly sewer rates.