Attention Residents: Sump Pumps Connected to City of Gladstone's Sewer System

Attention Residents: Sump Pumps Connected to City of Gladstone's Sewer System

Sump Pumps Connected to
the City of Gladstone’s Sewer System

 Under the Gladstone Code of Ordinances, Article IV Division 3 – Discharge Restrictions states that it shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, or cause to be discharged, anystormwater, surface water, groundwater, water from footing drains or roof water to any sanitary sewer or sewer connection, except as otherwise provided in this article.  Stormwater, groundwater, water from footing drains and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged into sewers specifically designated as storm sewers, or to a natural outlet, except as otherwise provided in this article.   

The City of Gladstone’s Wastewater Treatment plant is operating at maximum capacity.  We need your help to eliminate sump pump water from being discharged into the City’s sewer system in order to prevent sewage back-up into your home and others around you.  If you have questions or concerns about your sump pump or a neighbor draining into the City’s sewer system please contact the Wastewater Plant at 906-428-1757. 

What is the Reason for this Ordinance?  Sewer is the discharge from toilets, sinks, showers, bathtubs dishwashers and washing machines.  People produce sewer and it must be treated at our Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Groundwater or storm water is water from rain or snow.  When soil becomes saturated ground water seeps into basements.  Sump pumps are commonly used to remove this water.  Sump pumps must not be connected to the City’s Sewer System.  Sump pump water must be discharged onto your lawn, garden area, or into the street but NEVER into the City’s Sewer System.

Why?  When sump pumps discharge into the sewer system flooding can result.  The City’s sewer system is not designed to handle the extra volume.  This extra volume overloads the design capacity of the system which causes sewer lines to back up inside homes and businesses.  Also, wastewater needs to be treated -groundwater from sump pumps do not.  When the volume of sewer is increased by the addition of groundwater from sump pumps the City’s treatment costs increases significantly, which then mandates sewer rate increases to you the residents and business owners of Gladstone. 

What should you do if your sump pump is connected to the Wastewater/Sewer System?  Reroute the pipe so that it discharges onto your lawn, garden, into the City Street, or nearby stormwater retention basin.  If you have questions or need advice on how to bring your sump pump into compliance you can contact the Wastewater Plant at 906-428-1757.  However, the City will not disconnect your sump pump,you as the property owner are responsible for either hiring a professional to help you or by doing it yourself. 

If I ask for help will I be subject to a fine?  No, as long as you take immediate steps to disconnect your sump pump from the sewer system.