Private Sewer Repair Pilot Project

Removing rainwater from the sewer system is part of the City’s $50 million Early Action Program to reduce overflows and improve water quality. Much of the excess water comes from downspouts, sump pumps and area drains improperly connected to the sanitary sewer. The City is pursued a pilot program to find the most cost-effective way to keep rainwater out of the sewer system at no additional cost to the property owner. This program is designed to keep future rates as low as possible.The City tested various approaches to removing rainwater and ground water from the sewer system. Results will help officials decide the best course of action to take citywide.