Sanitary Sewers

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Beginning May 1, 2018...
Sanitary sewer, storm water, and solid waste cart fees will begin increasing on an annual basis on May 1, 2018. The increases to sanitary sewer and storm water fees will help pay for capital improvements to ensure safe and reliable service from sanitary sewer and storm water infrastructure. The increases to solid waste fees will cover the increasing costs of providing solid waste services. Please see the information below for more details.

• The sanitary sewer consumption fee and fixed fee will increase on May 1, 2018. This means that the consumption fee per 100 cubic feet will increase from $1.60 to $2.40, and the sanitary sewer fixed fee will increase from $1.50 to $2.25. Then on May 1, 2019, fees will begin increasing at an annual rate of 3 percent.

• Storm water fixed fees will increase on May 1, 2018. The base rate per Impervious Area Unit (hard surface area divided by 1,000 and then rounded) will increase from $1.45 to $1.89. Fees will then increase at an annual rate of 3 percent, beginning on May 1, 2019.

For information regarding these rate changes as well as upcoming changes to the solid waste program, please click here


The Sanitary Sewer Maintenance part of the Streets and Sewers Division is responsible for ongoing maintenance and repairs to sanitary sewer and combined sewer infrastructure. Major projects are usually contracted to the private sector and are overseen by staff of the Engineering Division. Emergency cave-ins are handled by both City workers and outside companies, depending on the situation. City employees conduct a sewer cleaning program to ensure the steady flow of sewage from its point of origin to sewage treatment plants. Routine maintenance reduces the chances of a mainline sanitary or combined sewer from becoming obstructed with debris. This prevents sewage backup into basements or sewage overflow onto streets or into nearby bodies of water.

Additional Information
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