Why should I care what goes down the drain?

It is important to limit what kinds of things you allow to go down your drain in either the home or  a business.  Sewer lines and treatment systems are not designed to handle certain wastes.  Things that can cause problems include flammables, corrosives, toxins, excessive or incompatible solids, oil, grease, and others.  In many cases, the greatest risk occurs at the point of discharge – the service line through the building and out to the sewer main in the street or alley.  This line belongs to the building, not the Town, so damage or clogs in it are the responsibility of the owner.

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1. Why should I care what goes down the drain?
2. How do I report a sewer overflow?
3. How can I prevent sewer overflows?
4. What can happen if I put prohibited items down the drain?
5. What’s OK for households to discharge?
6. I have a restaurant. How can I control grease in my wastewater?
7. My restaurant has a grease interceptor, what should I do to maintain it?
8. Why is there a sewer odor in my building?
9. What causes a sewer back up?
10. Where is the Town's Wastewater Plant located?
11. How do wastewater treatment plants work and why are they important?