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Sump Pump Discharge
Please help prevent sanitary sewer backups and basement flooding by ensuring that your sump pump is not connected to the sanitary sewer. The Village maintains separate sanitary sewer and stormwater systems. Each system is designed to help protect our local water supply.
The sanitary sewer system is an enclosed system that transports waste water from drains and toilets in your home to a treatment plant where contaminants and solids are removed, the water is properly treated, and the water is then returned to Lake Michigan. Pleasant Prairie’s Sewer Utility pays the Kenosha Water Utility per gallon of waste water treated. Therefore, the greater the volume of water treated, the more the Village, and ratepayers in turn, will pay to the Kenosha Water Utility.
Stormwater systems in the Village are part of an open system that transports larger volumes of stormwater (water mainly from rain and snow melt that passes over lawns, rooftops and paved surfaces) back to Lake Michigan and other waterways via ditches, swales, retention basins, and storm sewers.
When a homeowner discharges stormwater from their sump pump into the sanitary sewer by emptying it into a drain in their home, not only will it drive costs up for all utility customers, but it can easily overwhelm the sanitary sewer system. The sanitary sewer system is not designed to handle a large flow of stormwater. Discharge from only a small number of sump pumps can quickly cause the sanitary sewer to back up into basements of homes.
Because sanitary sewage can cause both property damage and serious health and safety concerns, it is illegal to drain your sump pump into the sanitary sewer line. Please help prevent sanitary sewer backups and basement flooding by ensuring that your sump pump is not connected to the sanitary sewer, especially during large rain events. Periodically, the utility will conduct random testing to determine if a home’s sump pump is discharging to the sanitary sewer. Click on the PDF link below for information on how to manage a sanitary sewer backup in your basement.
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