HOW CAN YOU HELP? STILL HAVE QUESTIONS… Maintaining one of our most valuable and More information on Infiltration and Inflow necessary resources is very costly. The and Sanitary Sewer Overflows can be best way to minimize these costs is to do found at the following web link or by your part in keeping our sewer system contacting the Bristol Water Pollution healthy. Control Department. 1. Remove sump pumps or roof http://www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/ssoenweb.pdf drains/gutters that discharge to the sewer. BE AWARE - BECOME INVOLVED Discharge rain water and groundwater If you think your home or business may A Public Guide for: over land or to a drywell. contain a sump pump or roof drain connection to the Town’s sewer system, 2. DO NOT dispose of oil or grease or if you would like some additional Understanding Sanitary Sewer down your sink or garbage disposal. information on how you can help the Town Overflows (SSOs) Place in watertight container and of Bristol in its effort to reduce SSOs, dispose of in trash. please contact the Bristol Water Pollution Control Department for assistance. HELP KEEP BRISTOL BEAUTIFUL Bristol is a coastal community and is fortunate to have many natural water resources nearby. Recreational water bodies such as Bristol Harbor, Mount Hope Bay, and Narragansett Bay are enjoyed by many residents and visitors alike. However, these resources can be polluted Town of Bristol, Rhode Island due to sewer blockages and overflows Water Pollution Control Department caused by the improper disposal of grease Plant Avenue and/or excessive inflow and infiltration Bristol, RI 02809 being introduced into the Town’s sewer Phone: 401-253-8877 TOWN OF BRISTOL system. Please do your part to protect Fax: 401-253-2910 Water Pollution Control Department these natural water resources and your surrounding environment. Matthew A. Calderiso, Jr. Bristol, Rhode Island Superintendent SANITARY SEWER OVERFLOWS (SSOs) FATS, OILS, & GREASE (FOG) INFILTRATION & INFLOW (I/I) A Sanitary Sewer Overflow is a discharge of Nearly half of all sewer blockages are the I/I is responsible for the majority of all raw sewage from a sewer collection system. result of FOG. SSOs in Bristol. I/I comes from cracks in A discharge into a basement or from a sewer sewer pipes and manholes as well as manhole are examples of SSOs. When a through inadmissible connections to the manhole overflows, sewage spills onto Town sewer including: roads and yards and into surrounding water bodies. SSOs can cause severe health - Sump pump discharges hazards, damage home interiors, and threaten wildlife as well as the environment. - Roof drains Most communities with aging sewer systems - Yard drains have SSOs and must work to minimize these - Window well drains harmful and unsightly occurrences. - Storm drain catch basins As per the Town’s Sewer Use Ordinance, grease removal systems must be installed at all connections to the Town’s sewer from The excess “clean” water, which sewers users conducting food preparation or food are not designed to carry, causes the processing operations such as: sewer system to overflow. - Restaurants - Schools - Hospitals - Nursing homes - Other establishments which regularly discharge grease to the sewer CAUSES OF SSOs Grease removal equipment is not required Two major causes of SSOs are: for private living quarters but residents can help improve the condition by collecting and disposing of grease with the household 1. Buildup of fats, oils, and grease, or (“FOG”) along the sewer pipe walls and trash. Grease should NOT be poured down BRISTOL’S EFFORT AGAINST THE in sewer manholes. the sink or in the toilet. CAUSES OF SSOs Bristol is working vigorously to protect its 2. Excessive rain water and groundwater DISPOSABLE WIPES residents from the harmful impacts of entering the sewer known as Infiltration & Household cleaning wipes should NOT be SSOs. The Town continues to invest in Inflow (“I/I”). flushed down the toilet or drain but should sewer system rehabilitation, replacement, be disposed of with the trash. Household and upgrades, in addition to inflow cleaning wipes do not “break down” like investigation and removal. These efforts toilet paper and can cause clogging of pipes are intended to help reduce the number and damage pumping equipment. of SSOs in Bristol.
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