Sanitary Sewer Utility
The City of Mercer Island maintains over 105 miles of sanitary sewer lines and approximately 2,400 manholes. Wastewater generated from bathrooms and kitchens is collected and pumped through a series of pump stations and low-pressure mains that convey flows around the perimeter of the island through the Cityís Lakeline sewer system to a King County Department of Natural Resources facility (off island).
What the City Does
Mercer Island Utility crews are responsible for maintain the public sewer system to ensure a constant and efficient flow of wastewater. Crews utilize special equipment including high-pressure jetting, special cameras to inspect lines for breaks or blockages due to fats, oil and grease (FOG) or tree roots.
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Your Side Sewer
Owners of private sewer systems, side sewers, and backwater valves are solely responsible for maintenance and operation of such system. Your side sewer connects the plumbing system from your home or business to the main sewer line. Maintenance and repair of this side sewer is your responsibility.
Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG)
FOG can clog pipes and can create public health problems. FOG comes primarily from cooking, where fats, oil and grease from rinsing dishes can go down the drain. As the FOG cools in the wastewater system, it builds up along the inner walls of the pipe causing backups. Never pour grease of put food waste down the drain or toilet.
Sources of FOG include:
Tips to keep your drains free and clear:
- Butter, margarine or shortening
- Cooking oil or grease from cooked meats
- Cream, sauces or gravy, soup
- Mayonnaise or sour cream
- Food Scraps
Put These in Your Compost:
- Put cooled fats, oil and grease into a container and in the trash
- Before washing, use a paper towel to wipe greasy dishes
- Use sink strainers to catch food waste during dishwashing
- Use a food scraper and put food scraps in the compost
- Donít flush diapers, baby wipes, disposable wipes, napkins or soiled rags down toilets.
- Fruit, vegetables, bread, pasta, grains
- Eggshells, nutshells
- Coffee grounds, filters, tea bags
- Meat, fish, bones, poultry and dairy products