Sewer Spill Prevention
SSOs Sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) are sewer spills. SSOs can be caused by roots, grease or other debris blocking the sewer pipe. SSOs can result in the contamination of beaches and creeks. The District strives to eliminate all SSOs from occurring. All 128 miles of the District’s sewer pipes are cleaned and CCTV inspected on a regular basis. Smoke testing is conducted to find and eliminate sources of groundwater, rain run-off and illegally connected yard/gutter drains that can overburden the collection system’s ability to safely convey wastewater to the treatment plant. Restaurants and other commercial establishments that can discharge grease, oils and other detrimental materials are routinely inspected to ensure that these discharges do not cause SSOs.
Please Report Overflows
Please call the District at 967-4519, anytime day or night, if you notice sewage overflow from District manholes. However, sewage backups within homes or on private property are usually the responsibility of the property owner. In these situations, you should call a plumber.
Protect Your Side Sewer Line
Maintaining the side sewer line, which connects a home or building to the main sewer line, is the responsibility of the property owner. The side sewer shall never be broken or cut in order to connect a gutter or drain, or to run a plumbers snake. Tree roots, rodents, or contaminants can enter through a break, creating maintenance, health, and environmental problems.
Please Call Us Before Snaking Your Side Sewer
Goleta Sanitary District is happy to provide area residents with information on installing an approved clean-out access. Residents also should notify the District in advance when planning to have roots cleared from a side sewer. If manpower is available, the crew can monitor the main sewer and remove any root balls cut free from your side sewer, preventing the material from clogging the main sewer pipeline. The crews can also answer any questions relating to sewer line problems. Please call 967-4519.
If Your Building Faces a Steep Road
Homes and buildings which front a steep road run the risk of sewer back-flow. Call the District to determine whether your property includes a proper backwater valve device.