Sanitary Sewer Overflow
A Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) is a condition in which untreated sewage is discharged from a sanitary sewer into the environment prior to reaching sewage treatment facilities.
The City of Hattiesburg operates more than 300 miles of public sewers that convey about 13 million gallons per day (MGD) of flow from residences and businesses to the City’s two wastewater treatment plants. This system – sewers and treatment plants – operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
While on-going construction projects are underway to ensure service remains available to all of the residents, occasionally blockages and aging infrastructure allows raw sewage into streams, streets and even buildings and homes.
Here’s what you can do to help keep our environment clean and healthy:
Become an INVESTOR in the creation of a more effective and sustainable sewer system in three simple steps:
- Partner – join the City of Hattiesburg by becoming engaged in the process
- Identify – survey your property to determine if a Sanitary Sewer Overflow problem exists and encourage neighbors to do the same
- Notify – contact the City of Hattiesburg Action Center at 601-545-4500 to report a problem and provide the following information
- Name of Property Owner
- Physical Address of Property
- Description of the Problem
Never pour fats, oils and grease into sinks. They can block pipes and cause overflows that back up into the kitchen or on private property and in the streets, causing property damage, environmental problems, and other health hazards. Instead, pour them into jars or cans and when cool, toss the container in the trash.
Keep tree roots away. Tree roots get into sewers when a sewer pipe develops a crack or other damage and nutrients and moisture leak into the soil, attracting the roots. About 50% of all sewer backups and overflows in the City are caused by tree roots. Root penetration can be remedied by repairing the faulty sewer pipe and ridding the pipe of roots.
Don’t flush anything besides human waste and toilet paper. Paper towels, baby wipes, plastics, and personal hygiene items belong in the trash can, not the toilet.