Preventing Public Sewer Problems
The DeKalb Sanitary District has been doing public sanitary sewer infrastructure renewal and rehabilitation each summer since 1988. (The year after we took over the collection system from the City of DeKalb.)
Where to Start?
Private Problems Not in Our Scope of Service
Only the home or business owner can prevent private sewer problems.
- If the home or business lateral is obstructed by roots from trees planted over or near it
- If the home or business lateral has cracked or collapsed
- If the home or business has roof drains or footing tiles that dump into the sanitary sewer
- If the home or business has a lateral plugged with grease, paper, or objects
Attacking Public Sewer Problems
Deciding which part of town to start in was done by dividing the collection system into drainage areas and measuring the amount of extra water coming from each sector during rainstorms. That flow-monitoring told us where the biggest leaks probably were.
The DeKalb Sanitary District has rehabilitated sewer main by lining, with a project each summer. Public sewer main repair work in all 24 identified drainage areas has been completed. Approximately 40% of manholes were rehabilitated and 20% of sewer segments were internally lined or otherwise repaired or replaced. Even in areas already covered, new situations demanding attention are constantly coming to light. These are prioritized for work in the future.
We also have crews doing tests like dying, cross flooding, and smoke testing to find out what needs to be done in upcoming rehab projects. This process is called SSES for "Sewer System Evaluation Survey".
Efforts to "tighten-up" the system will continue into the foreseeable future with sewer lining and rehabilitation projects each summer, so you'll often see us in your neighborhoods.
DeKalb Sanitary District conducts ongoing flow monitoring to assess how effective our efforts have been.