YOU CAN HELP
KEEP THE MOHAWK RIVER CLEAN
REROUTE. RECLAIM. RECHARGE.
Most of the time, the Oneida County Sanitary Sewer System works efficiently. But when we get heavy rainfalls or snowmelts, stormwater enters the system and causes untreated sewage overflows into the Mohawk River.
As much as 50% of the water that contributes to overflows comes from private properties during wet weather events.
Water enters our sewers in a number of ways, including improper system connections, such as: roof leaders, driveway and foundation drains and sump pumps.
In addition, cracks and aging sewer pipes, such as the lateral line running from your home to the main line under the street, can let in unwanted water.
Contamination of the Mohawk River damages the natural ecosystem and limits the ability of our future generations to enjoy the resource that helped develop the Mohawk Valley.
WHAT CAN I DO TO
Though disconnecting your roof leaders and other small projects may not seem like much, if enough individual owners take action, we can see a significant decrease in the amount of clean water entering the system.
By disconnecting your roof leader or downspout, you can prevent water from entering our sewer system.
Rain gardens are a great way to absorb excess rain water, while adding curbside appeal to your home.
Capture the water that used to drain into the sewer system from your roof leader by using a rain barrel.