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Why is this important?
Due to high wastewater flows in the sanitary sewer system during wet weather, the City of Eldora has adopted an ordinance prohibiting the discharge of clear water into the sanitary sewer system. Clear water from any roof, surface, ground, sump pump, footing tile, swimming pool, seepage collection system (“beaver system”) or other natural precipitation is prohibited from discharging into the sanitary sewer.
The City will be conducting mandatory inspections Citywide to verify that sump pumps, roof drains, and other clear water sources are not connected to the sanitary sewer system. The engineering firm, WHKS & Co., is coordinating this program and will serve as project consultant.
A major source of private clear water in the sanitary sewer system is sump pumps. A sump pump removes ground water from around a home’s foundation. The proper place for a sump pump to discharge is to the exterior of the home or storm sewer street intake if available.
The improper place for it to go is the sanitary sewer because this unnecessarily increases treatment costs. A single sump pump discharges between 20-100 gallons per minute (gpm). It only takes a few improperly connected sump pumps to overload a neighborhood sewer main
that has a typical capacity of 400 gpm.
What should I do?
The City needs your help to remove clear water from the system. Check to make sure your sump pumps, seepage collection systems, and roof drains discharge onto the ground or into a storm sub-drain if available.
Then please schedule an inspection appointment to verify that no clear water connections are present. The City's Chapter 100 of the Municipal Code of Ordinances prohibits clear water connections into the sanitary sewer. The City recently amended the Ordinances to authorize mandatory sump pump inspections to verify that buildings do not have clear water connections, and the application of 'clear water' surcharges onto sewer bills for buildings that have not been inspected and passed.
It’s also the neighborly thing to do to make sure your sump pump isn’t going into the sanitary sewer because your pumpage may end up in someone’s basement as overflow.
What is an inspection?
The City of Eldora is starting mandatory sump pump inspections to verify that clear water sump pump connections to the sanitary sewer aren’t present.
To do this, they will need access to your property and basement to observe exterior grading, roof drains, sump pit/pump, and seepage collection system if present. A typical inspection is completed in under 15 minutes.
For fairness to residents, all buildings with a sewer account will be inspected, regardless of whether a basement or sump pump is present.
There will be no fees for these inspections.
Property owners have the option to hire a private plumber to complete their inspection, in which case the plumber's fees would be at property owner's expense.
What’s the next step?
The City of Eldora will be separated into approximately four equal sectors, designated by number to stagger inspection times throughout 2020. You will be notified by mail to schedule an inspection.
Check out the links below for FAQs, proper sump pump installation diagrams, program updates and more!