Sewer FAQ's

Sewer

  • When it rains, the sewer backs up through the floor drain and floods my basement?
  • I am having work done on my property and need to locate my home sewer line. Where can I obtain a map of the location?
  • Why are sewer charges higher than my water charges?
  • I have well water and a septic system, no curb, gutter or storm drainage systems. Why do I receive a bill for stormwater fees?
  • Why is there often a sewer odor present in the downtown area?
  • I need to dig on my property. Should I call someone before digging?
  • If I see someone dumping potentially hazardous waste into a stream, river or storm drain, where should I call to report it?
  • I have an area in my yard that stays wet or soggy after it rains. Is there anything that can be done?

Fats Oil and Grease Control Program

  • Why is Columbus changing the plumbing code to require outside interceptors (where practical) in lieu of allowing PDI G101 certified grease traps in all applications?
  • Who will be required to install outside interceptors
  • What is the cost for an outside interceptor?
  • Are there guidance materials available for preparing my BMP?
  • Do I need to mail my BMP to DOSD?
  • What happens if I do not prepare or maintain my BMP or grease trap/interceptor cleaning log?
  • Why are these changes required?
  • What is the benefit for my business in participating in this program?