Clean Water Shreveport is a multi-year consent decree program that is the City of Shreveport’s formal effort to comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regulations under the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA). The program helps protect our community’s environment and improves the water and sewer infrastructure of our city.
Our Sanitary Sewer System
Frequently Asked Questions
A Consent Decree is a legal document which formalizes an agreement reached between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Louisiana State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the City of Shreveport. The Consent Decree relates specifically to violations of the federal Clean Water Act within the sewer collection system and at the wastewater treatment plants.
SSO stands for Sanitary Sewer Overflow. An SSO occurs when raw sewerage overflows or leaks from a sewer pipe before it has had a chance to be treated at a wastewater treatment facility. The overflow can occur at a pump station, a maintenance hole, broken pipe, or cleanout.
Sewers can develop cracks and breaks, or become clogged by tree roots or grease. Sometimes an area’s population grows beyond the capacity of the sewer system. These problems can cause the sanitary sewers to overflow into waterways or even back up into basements.
Direct contact with untreated sewage is definitely harmful, as human and animal wastes contain bacteria and other disease causing pathogens. When untreated sewerage flows into local waterways, it degrades the quality of the water, harms aquatic life and requires more expensive treatment to discharge an acceptable quality of effluent into local waterways.
Keep grease out of the sewers. Dispose of greasy and fatty foods, such as salad dressings, cooking oil, ice cream and sauces, in your garbage can instead of your sink or garbage disposal. Direct your gutters to send water away from house foundations. Make sure there are strainers over all floor and sink drains in your home. Have the line that connects your house with the public sewer line (called a house lateral or private sewer line) inspected.
Repairing broken private sewer lines, which is the homeowner's responsibility, can keep stormwater from leaking into pipes and prevent sewer backups into your home.
Help keep your private sewer lines in good working condition by avoiding planting trees, shrubs, or bushes on your property near the sewer lines. Roots from plants and trees can enter, block, and even cause damage to sewers.