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What is an Illegal Connection?


Extraneous Water is prohibited from being discharged into the sanitary sewer system and constitute an Illegal Connection.  


Examples of Extraneous Water are:

  • Downspouts/Rain Leaders

  • Sump Pumps for ground Water

  • French (perimeter Drain Systems, both inside and outside.

  • Outside Area Drains

  • Vent Pipes below ground grade

  • Driveway Drains


All of the above are prohibited under the Rules and Regulations of the Washington-East Washington Joint Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection.  

Flushable Wipes
Many companies now produce bathroom cleansing wipes, toddler wipes, sanitary wipes, and hard surface cleaning wipes stating that the wipes can simply be flushed down the toilet.  Many of these wipes do not break down in the wastewater system.  This in turn will cause the wipes to plug lines which can cause flow backup into the home and the need for the lines to be unplugged.  Many homeowners also have individual grinder pumps which the wipes will plug and/or clog and cause a backup into the home and create more homeowner expense.


Sewer Gases in your home


The only way sewer gas can enter into a home is if there is something wrong with the vent system in your plumbing.  The vent system in your plumbing is designed to equalize the atmospheric pressure differences caused by wastewater flowing through the plumbing and also to allow sewer gases to escape the system by venting them into the atmosphere above the house.  If this system has an untrapped opening inside the home gases may escape through that opening.  It will be necessary to locate the problem within your plumbing system and have it repaired.

Grinder Pumps


If your home is served by a low pressure sewer system, the key element is a Grinder Pump.  The tank collects all solid materials and wastewater from the house.  The solid materials are then ground to a small size suitable for pumping as a slurry with the wastewater.  The grinder pump generates sufficient pressure to pump this slurry from you home to the wastewater treatment receiving line and/or disposal plant.


This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules.  Operation is subject to the following two conditions: 1) this device may not cause harmful interference; and 2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.  Any changes or modification not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to operate this equipment.


If you need additional information on the Care and Use of your Grinder Pump or please click here

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