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City of Sioux Falls reminds homeowners to properly drain sump pumps

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City of Sioux Falls
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The City of Sioux Falls is reminding homeowners to ensure their sump pumps are draining outside of their homes.

Sump pumps remove clean groundwater from homes and businesses and should be discharged into yards or streets. Properly discharged water will enter the storm drainage system, which is designed to handle the larger water flows.

“Improperly discharging sump pumps into the sanitary sewer system can result in sewage backups in your or your neighbor’s home,” said Mark Cotter, Director of Public Works. “It is illegal to attach sump pumps to floor drains or connect them to the city’s sanitary sewer system. By ensuring proper sump pump drainage, homeowners can protect their properties and contribute to the overall resilience of our community.”

The storm drainage system includes the City’s curb and gutter, street inlets, large-diameter drainage pipes, drainage ditches, and detention ponds, which ultimately discharge to the Big Sioux River.

The sanitary sewer system is only designed to convey waste water from households. It includes a smaller-diameter pipe that goes to a wastewater treatment plant before discharging to the Big Sioux River.

For additional information on properly discharging a sump pump, please visit the city's website.

Questions regarding sump pump discharge should be directed to the Engineering Division of Public Works at 605-367-8600.

Krystal is the local host of "All Things Considered."