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Property owners and residents in the Brentwood neighborhood are invited to an informational open house 5:30 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 12 at Pershing Middle School, 2120 S. Ventura Ave., to learn about the City of Springfield’s Private Sewer Repair Program.
The Private Sewer Repair Program provides free plumbing evaluations and no-cost repairs to fix improper connections to the City’s sanitary sewer system. The goal of the program is to prevent rainwater from entering and overwhelming the City’s sewer system, causing sewage to back up into homes and enter streams and lakes.
Eligible properties in this area will receive a postcard in the mail and a door hanger left at their property notifying them of the open house. Citizens can also visit springfieldmo.gov/cleanwater to find out if their property qualifies for the program.
Participation is voluntary and begins with a no-cost plumbing evaluation to identify improper connections.
A typical evaluation lasts less than 45 minutes and involves a two-person team who will look both inside and outside the property for improper connections. All evaluation team members will clearly display photo identification as representatives from the City of Springfield. Property owners can expect teams to evaluate sump pumps and foundation drains inside homes, and downspouts, yard drains and uncapped clean-outs outside homes.
When improper connections are found, property owners will be asked to allow qualified local plumbers, paid by the City, to make the repairs.
The Private Sewer Repair Program is part of a $200 million Overflow Control Plan to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in Springfield’s aging system over the next 10 years. The City’s plan was approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in 2015.
For more information, visit springfieldmo.gov/cleanwater. For questions about the program, please call (417)655-2175 or email [email protected]
For media inquiries, please contact Kristen Milam, Communication Coordinator, at (573) 819-3713.