As a property owner, what can I do to minimize the probability of a sanitary sewer overflow?
Don’t contaminate the system. Sanitary sewer systems are designed to carry human waste and waste water to water treatment facilities. Foreign objects and substances intentionally introduced into the sewer have damaging affects. Kitchen grease accumulates and causes blockages, and should never be poured down the drain. The same is true for motor oil and other automotive fluids. Do not flush diapers, sanitary napkins, paper towels, shop rags, or anything else the sewer system is not designed to handle. These types of items regularly clog sewers in urban areas, and often cause sewer back-ups not just for the offending party, but also in neighboring homes. Gutters and storm water management systems should never be routed to a sanitary sewer.

Report illegal connections. Gutters and other storm water management systems should never be routed to a sanitary sewer. If you become aware of such a connection, immediately sever the connection and/or report the connection to the City of Liberty Utilities Maintenance Division at 816.439.4763.

Install a back-flow preventer. A back-flow preventer is a one-way valve device designed to prevent sanitary sewer overflows. If you have a back-flow preventer installed on your sewer line, you must be aware that it is designed to close when the sewer is flowing beyond its capacity, as can occasionally occur during a heavy rainfall. If you use your internal drains while the backflow valve is closed, you can create a flooding situation in your own home. Do not use your laundry machine, dishwasher, shower, or bath; and minimize the use of sinks and toilets. You must also be aware of what your back-flow preventer’s maintenance requirements are, to ensure that it continues to function properly. As with any privately owned system, it is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that these components are maintained and functioning properly.

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1. How do I report water main breaks and wastewater (sewer) back-ups?
2. Who do I contact to locate water or utility lines?
3. As a property owner, what can I do to minimize the probability of a sanitary sewer overflow?
4. What can I do to prevent residential sanitary sewer back-ups?
5. Are there backflow prevention device requirements in the City?
6. What should I do if I experience a sanitary system overflow?