The Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District does  inspections for illegal connections to protect private property, protect the sewer infrastructure and to protect the water quality of the Iowa Great Lakes.  These illegal connections lead to wastewater backing up into private homes that create a threat to public health and cause damage to private homes, costing sometime into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Illegal connections put additional stress on the public sewer system, which leads to more maintenance and repair costs.  Finally illegal connections cause the sewer system to flood that will not only back sewer water into homes, but also into the Iowa Great Lakes.  The sewer water getting into the lakes threatens public health and the drinking water facilities for the area.

These inspection are triggered by several items included but not limited to:

  1. Before a property is purchased to verify there are no issues with an illegal connections.
  2. During Sanitary Districts maintenance inspection of the sewer system it appears there is an illegal connection.
  3. If a section of the collections system is having higher then expected flows after rain event or during a time with saturated soils.

During an inspection, the Sanitary District staff will look for illegally connected sump pumps, connected downspouts, surface drains or other ways ground or surface water can get into the public sewer system.

To schedule a inspection use the link below: