What causes sewer line backups?
Sewer lines can back up when they become clogged with materials such as grease or paper products, or when tree roots damage mains and laterals and cause excess inflow into lines. Some backups occur during wet weather when sewer flows increase dramatically and lead to sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) within the town’s collection system. A combination of increased flows and lack of downstream treatment capacity causes the SSOs.

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1. How can I help the town maintain the system?
2. How does the town collect and treat our sewage?
3. What are the consequences of a sewer overflow?
4. What can I do to prevent sewer backups in the town?
5. What can I put in the toilet or drain?
6. What causes sewer line backups?
7. What services does the town provide?
8. Why does my sewer lateral require regular servicing?
9. What action has the town taken to resolve the capacity issues?