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Any home or business that needs to continue operating a sump pump discharging clear water may request a variance to discharge to the sanitary sewer. The temporary variance is normally from October 15th to April 15th and must be renewed each year; the variance period may be shortened if necessary. Discharges of clear water to the sanitary sewer without first obtaining a written variance is not permissible.
Although the variance period begins October 15th, applicants are encouraged to stay out of the sanitary sewer as long as possible. Laying your sump pump hose on a declining surface (board, snow drift, etc.) so it drains empty during freezing conditions will prolong the time you are able to stay out of the sanitary sewer.
Please be advised that if you are identified as operating a sump pump discharging clear water into the sanitary sewer system without a variance or outside of the temporary variance period, you may be fined up to a $1,000 a day by city ordinance.
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