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.