Grease & Oil
Grease and oils that are poured down the kitchen sink create tremendous problems within the sewer system. The grease and oils can build up and cause blockages in the pipes on your property as well as the main sewer lines in the streets and the pumping stations. This buildup could also result in major sewer spills into yards, streets and waterways.
DO NOT PUT ANY GREASE, FAT OR OILS INTO SINKS, DRAINS OR TOILETS.
Do not dispose of rags, paper towels or any type of disposable wipe or cleaning rag into the sewer system. The buildup of these materials in the pumping stations could result in major sewer spills.
The public sanitary sewer system is not connected to the storm drains located within the roadways.
The pumping of storm runoff and swimming pools into the public sewer system is prohibited.
CALL BEFORE YOU DIG
1-800-272-1000 or 811
If you should experience a backup of sewage into your home please call the EHTMUA at (609) 926-2671 immediately. The cleanout located closest to the street or curbline will be inspected and/or plunged by the Authority. After hours, weekends and holidays, please call (609) 927-5200.
Each home or business tied into the public sewer system will have a cleanout somewhere in the front or side yard. This is the place where the home ties into the sewer system and will generally be near the road. This cleanout is a very important part of the sewer system since it provides access to clean the lines in the event of a blockage or if you experience a back up in your home. These cleanouts must be maintained by the property owner. Each cleanout is to be capped, preferably with a cap made of brass as they are much stronger than the original PVC caps.
The cleanout should be exposed, but cut down to help minimize any damage that may occur due to property maintenance like grass cutting. The cleanout should be covered with a cast iron frame. All new construction is required to have the cast iron frames at the time the house is built.