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Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by a sanitary sewer collection system?

Sanitary sewer collection systems are the collection of sewer main lines, pumps and pump stations, manholes, sewer laterals, and other infrastructure designed to handle and safely transport used water, body wastes and toilet paper as sewerage to the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) for treatment. The WRF is located on Akron-Peninsula Road.

What is a sewer lateral?

A sewer lateral is the pipe that carries wastewater from a home or business to the sanitary sewer main line in the street or easement

What is the sewer main line?

Sewer main lines are a variety of different size and types of pipe that carry wastewater from the sewer laterals to the Water Reclamation Facility located on Akron-Peninsula Road.

What is the difference between the storm drainage system and the wastewater system?

The storm drainage system consists of the natural and manmade channels and underground pipes that transport rainwater from the streets, yards and other areas. This water goes directly into our creeks, rivers, and canal. Water entering the drainage system does not get treated. The wastewater collection system flows directly to the Water Reclamation Facility for treatment.

What is a combined sewer system?

For a combined sewer system, both wastewater and storm water are carried in the same pipe.

Read more about Combined Sewer Overflow.

What does the "public" side and the "private" side of my sewer lateral mean?

In the City of Akron, all owners are responsible to keep laterals free of obstructions all the way from the structure to the sewer main line. However, homeowners are only responsible for sewer lateral structural repairs from the home to the Right-of-Way or Easement Line which is considered the "private" side. The City of Akron is responsible for lateral structural repairs from the Right-of-Way or Easement Line to the sewer main line which is considered the "public". For commercial and industrial properties, the sewer lateral is considered private all the way from the structure to the sewer main line.

Why can’t I pipe my sump pump, house drains, and footer drains into my sanitary sewer lateral?

Both the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the City of Akron prohibit storm water discharges into the sanitary sewer system. This is to prevent overtaxing sewers which causes backups and also to minimize the amount of water that needs to be treated.

Additional Resources

Sewer Maintenance has moved! Now located at:

Sewer Maintenance has moved! Now located at:

Sewer Maintenance Facility
2460 Akron-Peninsula Road
Akron, OH 44313
p (330) 375-2666 f (330) 375-2399



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