What is the difference between Sanitary and Storm Sewers?

The City of Shreveport is served by a separate sewer system. Separate sewer systems are comprised of two separate types of sewers: Storm and Sanitary. Similar to the figure below, the sewers in the Shreveport have been designed to separate the stormwater from the sanitary wastewater.

What is the difference between Sanitary and Storm Sewers?

Separate Sanitary Sewers are designed to carry wastewater. Wastewater (commonly referred to as sewage) comes from bathrooms, sinks, kitchens, restaurants and other plumbing connections. Sanitary Sewers are generally comprised of much smaller pipes than storm sewers, and all sanitary waste must be treated at a wastewater treatment facility before it can be discharged into an existing water body. 

What is a Sanitary Sewer Service Lateral?

A sanitary sewer service lateral is typically a 6-inch diameter sewer pipe that connects your home or business to the separate sanitary sewer system. Wastewater generated from kitchens, bathrooms, sinks, toilets and other interior drains is conveyed to the separate sanitary sewer system through this pipe.  The figure below provides an illustration of a typical configuration of a sanitary sewer service lateral including cleanouts. 

The cleanouts are access points to allow for property owners to facilitate cleaning of the sanitary sewer line to prevent build-up of debris within the line. These are typically found in the front or rear yard and have an open pipe or a pipe with cap on the top. Another location for cleanout access may be inside the home on the plumbing stack

Who is responsible for the Sanitary Sewer service Lateral and Cleanouts?

The property owner. The City is responsible for maintain the separate sanitary sewer system including the sanitary sewer pipes, manholes and wastewater treatment facilities. The property owners is responsible for maintaining the sanitary sewer service lateral and cleanouts.

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