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Any home or business that needs to continue operating a sump pump discharging clear water may request a variance to discharge to the sanitary sewer. The temporary variance is normally from October 15th to April 15th and must be renewed each year; the variance period may be shortened if necessary. Discharges of clear water to the sanitary sewer without first obtaining a written variance is not permissible.
Although the variance period begins October 15th, applicants are encouraged to stay out of the sanitary sewer as long as possible. Laying your sump pump hose on a declining surface (board, snow drift, etc.) so it drains empty during freezing conditions will prolong the time you are able to stay out of the sanitary sewer.
Please be advised that if you are identified as discharging unpolluted water and/or sump pump discharges into the sanitary sewer when the temporary seasonal variance period is not in effect or without a written variance during the temporary seasonal variance period you could be subjected to the criminal penalties associated with a Class 2 Misdemeanor, including up to 30 days in jail and up to a $500 fine. Additionally, each day on which noncompliance shall occur or continue to occur shall be deemed a separate and distinct violation.
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