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Posted on: March 1, 2019

SEWER LINE CLEANING 2019

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The Wastewater Collection Division will be starting its annual sewer line flushing in March 2019. Flushing sewer lines is performed to remove debris such as rocks, roots, silt, sand and grease that has accumulated in the sewer pipes. If debris is allowed to build up, this blockage will reduce the capacity of the pipes and can eventually result in sewage overflow into streets, basements, and yards.

Each year our wastewater crews clean ¼ of the sewer lines in the City. This year the lines scheduled for cleaning are east of the freeway from Center Street north to the City limits. The City does not clean sewer lines in Planned Unit Developments (PUDs.)

Sewer lines are flushed using high-pressure water that flushes out stones, sediment, and other residues. This debris is flushed downstream, where it is vacuumed out. While flushing sewer lines, the pressure can create a vacuum and pressures that release air back through the toilet. During cleaning, you may see bubbling in the toilet or hear strange noises coming from the bowl. The sewer lines in your homes are designed to vent these vacuums and pressures before they enter the home. The City takes care to use the least amount of pressure required to clean lines; however, some homes may not be properly vented causing toilets to gurgle. Residents should keep their toilet lids down while the lines in their area are being flushed to avoid any back spray or water splashing out of the toilet.

If you have an odor coming out of your drains, just run some water down the drain to refill the S-bend, sometimes called a P-trap, with water.

Sewer line cleaning will continue through September 2019 in this section of the City.

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 435-586-2912.

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