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Utilities

Sanitary Sewer Overflows#

There are about 455 miles of sanitary sewer systems throughout Fort Collins that carry wastewater to the water reclamation facilities. Sanitary sewer systems can backup due to the improper disposal of fats, oils and grease, buildup of roots and debris in pipes or aging infrastructure.

This buildup can lead to sewer blockages that send untreated wastewater backwards – out of manholes or back into public areas.

Site Signage#

Site Signage

If you see a “Remediation in Progress” sign, there is likely an active spill cleanup in progress. For public safety and to allow cleanup measures to take place, please avoid the spill area. Do not walk, bike or  drive through the spill.

In these situations, the responsible party and/or Utilities crews will ensure that the flow is stopped, the blockage is cleared and disinfection measures are administered.

Frequently Asked Questions#

What reporting is done?highlight_off

The state and county health departments are notified within 24 hours. Further mitigation strategies are employed as directed.

Why does this happen?highlight_off

Sanitary sewer systems can backup due to the improper disposal of fats, oils and grease, buildup of roots and debris in pipes or aging infrastructure. It is important to note that the following items do not break down in the wastewater collection system. Put these items in the trash. Do not recycle them. 

  • Wipes (even flushable)
  • Paper towels
  • Trash
  • Cotton Balls
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Condoms
  • Dental floss
  • Cotton swabs
  • Hair
  • Cigarette butts
  • Facial tissues
  • Diapers
  • Makeup remover pads
  • Cat litter

 

What if this happens at my house?highlight_off

Know where your master home water supply valve is located; if you have a back-up, turn the water off and contact a plumbing company to help assess and remedy the situation.

Who is responsible for cleaning up a sanitary sewer overflow?highlight_off

We can help determine whose responsibility it will be to clean up. If the blockage occurs on your property, it is your responsibility. If the blockage has occurred in the public right of way, it will be our responsibility.