The wastewater collection system is a network of underground pipes that collects wastewater from homes, businesses and industries. The pipes carry the waste to one of the Water Reclamation Facilities. The system is designed to flow at a velocity of approximately two feet per second to keep organics from settling in the system.
Sewer Line Service Repair, Ownership and Responsibility
One of the most common misconceptions regarding wastewater infrastructure is that the utility provider will make the repairs and pay for the associated damages. However, it’s the property owner’s responsibility to maintain and repair the wastewater (sanitary sewer) service line that runs from their home or building to the City’s sewer mains in the street, as well any resulting damages.
Blockages and Backups
Utilities across the country are seeing an increase in sewer blockages, both on the customer side and in the main lines. A blocked sewer can lead to property damage and extra expenses for repairs.
Fort Collins Utilities routinely evaluates, repairs and replaces stormwater and sewer lines throughout the city.
Good Plumbing Etiquette Saves Our Pipes
Only flush the three Ps: pee, poo and toilet paper.
Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal
Improper disposal of pharmaceutical medications can contribute to undesirable compounds and chemicals passing through wastewater treatment plants to local waterways, where they can have adverse impacts to wildlife and the aquatic environment.
Did You Know?
Closing crawl space vents and covering the crawl space floor with at least 6 millimeters of plastic can reduce soil moisture.
Watering every third day helps the grass develop deeper roots and use moisture deep in the ground.
Mowing when it's cool reduces stress on the grass.