Flow in any sewer can get so high that water backs up through man-holes and into the basements of homes.
WATER QUALITY AND HEALTH
Household hazardous wastes, including insecticides, pesticides, paint solvents, waste motor oil, and other automobile fluids can kill aquatic life. Land animals and humans can become sick from eating diseased fish or shellfish or ingesting polluted waters.
POLLUTION AND AQUATIC LIFE
Debris including plastic bags, six-pack rings, bottles, and ciga-rette butts can choke, suffocate, or disable aquatic life including ducks, fish, turtles and birds.
WHAT’S A CSS?
Combined sewer systems are designed to collect rainwater runoff, domestic sewage, and industrial wastewater in the same pipe. Normally, they transport all of their wastewater to a sewage treatment plan to be treated and discharged .
WHAT’S A CSO?
During heavy rainfall or snowmelt, wastewater volume in a combined sewer system can exceed the capacity of the sewer system or treatment plant. For this reason, combined sewer systems are designed to overflow and discharge excess wastewater directly to nearby streams, rivers, or other water bodies. These overflows, called combined sewer overflows
How Can I Help?
Garbage on streets clogs storm drains which causes flooding. If it’s washed through a storm drain, it can go directly to our rivers.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!
Shopping bags, bottles, and other plastic items are choking our waterways. Reducing the amount of plastic we use each day goes a long way. If you use plastic, re-use or recycle it!
REFRAIN DURING RAIN!
Help Newark reduce the amount of water entering the CSS during heavy rain by postponing laundry, taking a shower, or running the dishwasher.
GET THAT OIL LEAK FIXED!
Engine oil leaking from a car will be washed into our storm drains when it rains. When you notice a leak, get it taken care of ASAP.
SCOOP YOUR DOG’S POOP!
Not only is it mandatory in Newark, but picking up after your dog and disposing in the garbage helps reduce bacteria entering our waterways.