An illegal connection is a connection that permits extraneous storm-related water (water from sources other than sanitary fixtures and floor drains) to enter the sanitary sewer system. The extraneous storm-related water is water that should be going to the storm sewer or allowed to soak into the ground without entering the sanitary sewer.
What are the Types of illegal Connections? Illegal connections include connections of downspouts, sump pumps, and area drains to the house sewer lines. In addition, defective house sewer lines cause extraneous water to enter the sanitary sewers and thus they are also illegal connections.
What is a Sanitary Sewer?
A sanitary sewer is a pipe located in the City right-of-way that is designed solely to transport wastewater from sanitary fixtures and floor drains inside your house or place of business to the City's Wastewater Treatment Plant. Sanitary sewers in your neighborhood are owned, operated, and maintained by the City of Elmhurst.
What Is a Storm Sewer?
A storm sewer is a pipe located in the City right-of-way that is designed to carry storm-related water runoff. Storm sewers are normally much larger than sanitary sewers because they are designed to carry much larger amounts of flow. Storm sewers are owned, operated, and maintained by the City of Elmhurst.