Fayette: stormwater in sanitary drains 7.04

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s on-going sewer separation project has led to the awareness that several residences still have stormwater drains emptying into the sanitary systems.

The separation project takes combined sewage lines and separates them into two distinct systems. Sanitary lines carry wastewater from bathrooms and other household uses to the treatment lagoons. The stormwater drains discharge into the creek.

At the village council meeting June 28, administrator Tom Spiess told councilors that several residences have eaves troughs that empty into what are now sanitary lines.

Since the treatment system is already challenged by capacity issues, any extra storm water will hasten the need for a new system.

“That would really help us immensely in capacity,” Spiess said about taking out rainwater.

If eaves aren’t emptied into yards, he said, the lines could be tapped into the village stormwater system.

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